RECOVERY OF COPPER & GOLD FROM WASTE ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT: An Analysis of the Popularity of Sport Utility Vehicles Despite Their Negative Environmental Implications

Denecke, Matt, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Anderson, Eric, EN-Chem Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Gorman, Michael, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

An overarching theme during the 21st century has been that of mindfulness and environmental consideration. Technology has done a tremendous amount for reducing our impact on the planet, however the byproducts of this very technology are often overlooked. Technology, by nature, advances quickly, and the forefront of technology can often be obsolete within a matter of years. Just because it is forgotten, does not mean it does not have a lasting impact. This paper will examine how electronic waste can be more effectively recycled while also exploring why larger vehicles are becoming the norm in a time of carbon contentiousness.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
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