Bromine Recycling With Energy Recovery From Plastics of E&E Equipment as Part of an Integrated Waste Management Concept for Weee Plastics Containing Brominated Flame Retardants
Bromine is used as the building block for some of the most effective flame retarding agents available to the plastics industry today. They are used to protect against the risk of accidental fires in a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) such as computers, tele-visions, radios, video and stereo systems. Brominated flame retardants (BFRs), as all flame retardants, act to decrease the risk of fire by increasing the fire resistance of the materials in which they are applied.In order to investigate the potential of a sustainable production of bromine, the European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel (EBFRIP) in cooperation with the Bromine Science & Environmental Forum (BSEF) have carried out a feasibility study on the recovery of bromine from plastics waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), including epoxy resins in printed circuit boards, housings/casings and connectors. The conclusions of the study are, that it is economically and ecologically feasible to close the bromine loop at the end of its current product life cycle. The produced bromine product will be taken back by the bromine industry to recover the bromine as raw material.