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Title: Closing the loop on e-waste: a multidisciplinary perspective
Authors: Bridgens, Ben
Hobson, Kersty
Lilley, Debra
Lee, Jacquetta
Scott, J.L.
Wilson, Garrath T.
Keywords: Obsolescence
Product lifetime
Product-service system (PSS)
Circular economy
Resource recovery
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: BRIDGENS, B. ... et al., 2017. Closing the loop on e-waste: a multidisciplinary perspective. Journal of Cleaner Production, In Press.
Abstract: This paper describes the challenges faced, and opportunities identified, by a multidisciplinary team of researchers developing a novel closed loop system to recover valuable metals and reduce e-waste, focussing on mobile phones as a case study. This multidisciplinary approach is contrasted with current top-down approaches to making the transition to the circular economy. The aim of the research presented here is to develop a Product Service System (PSS) that facilitates the recovery of valuable functional components and metals from mobile phone circuit boards. To create a holistic solution and limit unintended consequences, in addition to technological solutions this paper considers appropriate component lifetimes; the (often ignored) role of the citizen in the circular economy; customer interaction with the PSS; environmental Life Cycle Analysis; and social impacts of the proposed PSS. Development of enabling technologies and materials to facilitate recovery of components and metals and to provide an ‘emotionally durable’ external enclosure is described. This research also highlights the importance of understanding ‘value’ in the circular economy from a multi-faceted and inter-disciplinary perspective.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 12 months after publication.
Sponsor: This research was funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council as part of the Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-waste Recovery project (EP/K026380/1).
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25066
Publisher Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09596526
ISSN: 0959-6526
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