Applied Environmental Research

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This study investigates application of the reduction melting method to recover metals fromelectronic wastes. The study began with determination of the optimal conditions for metal recovery from cathode ray tube (CRT) glass by melting under various conditions. The reco-very of metallic lead and lead oxide (PbO) remaining in the glass residues for each set of melting condition were compared. It was found that the optimal condition for metallic Pb recovery from the CRT glass was melting the glass at 1200oC for 1 hand then soaking at precipitation temperature of 500oC for 1-2 h. Under these conditions, recovery rates of metallic lead from CRT glass reached up to 85-89%. The optimal conditions identified in this preliminary study were then used to recover metals from a mixture of CRT glass and printed circuit boards (PCBs), as a proxy for electronic waste. Electron Probe Micro Analysis (EPMA)characterization indicated two categories of metal deposits; the first being metallic lead (Pb) and the second as a mixture of copper (Cu), tin (Sn), and antimony (Sb). The study also confirmedthat incorporation of PCB did not affect lead recovery from CRT glass.

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