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According to a publication [1] of the United Nations the global quantity of e-waste generated in 2014 was approximately 41.8 million tonnes. At the moment only a part of the e-waste is recycled. Besides of re-using whole devices or single components, e-waste is a resource of valuable materials, and the recovery of metals and plastics is of great importance. A special case of recycling of electronic components is their application in ART:

The Styrian artist WOLFGANG TRETTNAK has been using electronic components in his art works for almost 20 years. Visions of bionic men and pets, androids and animal robots originated. The exhibition “Electronic fishes” was dedicated to so-called electric fishes, fish robots and bioluminescent marine organisms. His more recent work is dealing with the “composting” of e-waste. Here “electronic compost” not only means potential nutrients and fertiliser for plants and animals, which could result from future biodegradable electronics, but also a mental fertiliser for a fruitful artistic work.

>> Catalogue "Elektronischer Kompost" (PDF; 2,6 MB; German)

[1] Baldé, C.P., Wang, F., Kuehr, R., Huisman, J. (2015), The global e-waste monitor – 2014, United Nations
University, IAS – SCYCLE, Bonn, Germany.