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Title: Computer-aided recycling process planning for end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment
Authors: Abu Bakar, Muhammad S.
Rahimifard, Shahin
Keywords: Recycling process planning
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Professional Engineering Publishing / © IMechE
Citation: ABU BAKAR, M.S. and RAHIMIFARD, S., 2007. Computer-aided recycling process planning for end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 221 (8), pp. 1369-1374
Abstract: The significant environmental cost associated with management of products at the end-of-life has resulted in the emergence of ‘producer responsibility’ legislations to encourage increase in recovery and recycling practices. In the case of electrical and electronic equipment, one such legislation, namely the ‘Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive’, requires manufacturers to assume financial and legal liability for recovery and recycling of their products at the end-of-life. The current recycling applications of electrical and electronic waste are often developed on ad hoc basis and mainly attributable to the hidden economic value within used products. However, owing to stricter regulations on end-of-life product recycling, it is now essential to evaluate the recycling costs and environmental benefits of reclaimed products and materials as well as the selection of appropriate recycling strategy. The present paper describes the initial investigation in the realization of a computer-aided recycling process planner for electrical and electronic products. The assertion made is that such a systematic approach to producing bespoke eco-efficient recycling process plans for individual products will significantly improve the value recovery from recycling activities.
Description: This is an article from the journal, Proceedings of the IMechE, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture [© IMechE]. It is also available at: http://journals.pepublishing.com/content/3t412253158v6h88/?p=7f1d0f36ecf745739e36d3d3364ea7dd&pi=9
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1243/09544054JEM801SC
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5058
ISSN: 0954-4054
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