The electronics industry is marked by continuous evolution and tremendous development. Through the rapid technological change new products are being constantly introduced, inducing shorter use phases and leaving growing amounts of obsolete equipment behind. This master thesis aims at investigating the innovations that have occurred in selected information and communication technology equipment, including display technologies, external power supplies, printed circuit boards and packaging technologies. Special focus is put on the change in the equipments material composition and how it impacts recycling and reuse practices. The principal sources of information for the research have been the databases of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and life cycle inventories as well as scientific journals. In addition, guideline-based interviews with experts from recycling and reuse facilities in Austria have been carried out. The findings indicate a tendency towards system integration and miniaturization of the electronics components and substitution and reduction of valuable resources, in particular, gold and indium. Referring to the change in display technologies, twofold trends are being observed. Until now, the conventional display technologies have been predominantly recycled in a “closed-loop” system; however, their demise from the market due to the entering of innovative technologies requires alternative recycling and application strategies. Furthermore, the innovative technologies are characterized by their different material composition, including mass-relevant and valuable materials in low concentrations. Currently, mainly the mass-relevant materials are recycled; while most of the valuable materials in low concentrations are not being recovered. Considering the resource scarcity and the importance of resource autarky, a shift towards integrated waste management should be made.