Case study

Electrical cableswaste

The electrical cables waste are formed by copper or aluminum-based conductive elements which, after separation of the insulation elements, creates this type of waste. The volume of used electronic equipment has increased significantly, representing a big part of the waste stream in Europe, and there is therefore a need to find solutions for this type of material at the end of its life cycle.


The electrical cables waste have their origin in the process of dismantling electrical cables, which, after separation of the insulation elements, originate this type of waste.

The remaining part, results of the combination of different types of polymers (thermoplastic and thermoset), making its recycling difficult.


This plastic waste material, can be obtained by the compression molding process. The characteristics of this material, can be variable, according to the residue granulometry used and/or the defined thickness.

However, among other properties, it’s possible to verify higher thermal resistances.