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Waste Manag. 2018 Mar;73:78-86. doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2017.11.053. Epub 2017 Dec 16.

Resource conservation approached with an appropriate collection and upgrade-remanufacturing for used electronic products.

Author information

1
State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China. Electronic address: gabi_zlamparet@yahoo.com.
2
State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China. Electronic address: tqytsinghua@foxmail.com.
3
Design for Sustainability Lab, Delft University of Technology, 3-5655 JL Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Electronic address: stevels@xs4all.nl.
4
State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China. Electronic address: jinhui@tsinghua.edu.cn.

Abstract

This comparative research represents an example for a better conservation of resources by reducing the amount of waste (kg) and providing it more value under the umbrella of remanufacturing. The three discussed cases will expose three issues already addressed separately in the literature. The generation of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) interacts with the environmental depletion. In this article, we gave the examples of addressed issues under the concept of remanufacturing. Online collection opportunity eliminating classical collection, a business to business (B2B) implementation for remanufactured servers and medical devices. The material reuse (recycling), component sustainability, reuse (part harvesting), product reuse (after repair/remanufacturing) indicates the recovery potential using remanufacturing tool for a better conservation of resources adding more value to the products. Our findings can provide an overview of new system organization for the general collection, market potential and the technological advantages using remanufacturing instead of recycling of WEEE or used electrical and electronic equipment.

KEYWORDS:

E-waste; Recycling; Remanufacturing; Reuse

PMID:
29254608
DOI:
10.1016/j.wasman.2017.11.053
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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