E-waste stream analysis and design implications

Minjung Kwak, Sara Behdad, Yuan Zhao, Harrison Hyung Min Kim, Deborah L Thurston

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Abstract

The quantity and age of the incoming stream of "feedstock" from product take-back systems are known as the major sources of the uncertainty that complicates the e-waste recovery. This paper presents the results of an analysis of data from an incoming stream for an e-waste collection center and analyzes the quantity and age of e-waste by product type and brand. The analysis results point out receiving of outdated products and processing of multiple generations, and brands of products at the same time are among main obstacles to the e-waste recovery. The potential role of product design in overcoming those obstacles is discussed with emphasis on design for upgrade, repurpose, and commonality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101003
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Volume133
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 11 2011

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Keywords

  • design for commonality
  • design for reuse
  • e-waste
  • end-of-life
  • product recovery
  • take-back

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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