Each year some 3 million Metric Tons plastics are used in new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) in Europe. In the separately collected Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) there are many plastics.
There are many types of plastics used in EEE products. The most common are HIPS, ABS, PP and PC-ABS. These plastics may contain Brominated Flame Retardants (BFR’s) and some of the BFR’s are restricted, because they contain substances of concern. The vast majority of WEEE plastics do not have BFR’s in them.
Plastics with BFR’s are typically used in appliances that generate heat such as CRT televisions and monitors, printed circuit boards in IT equipment, printers and cables and connectors.