A decision-support tool for the take-back of plastics from end-of-life electronics

Eric R. Masanet*, Arpad Horvath

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper introduces the Take-Back Planning Advisor, a decision-support tool for the environmental and economic planning of take-back systems for plastic components from end-of-life electronics. The Take-Back Planning Advisor is based on a comprehensive unit process modeling approach that characterizes the energy consumption, energy-related air emissions, solid waste generation, material state transformation, and processing costs of the discrete process steps in a take-back system design space. The systems modeling approach quantifies the linkage between product design attributes and the environmental and economic behavior of unit processes and therefore adds critical "scenario playing" capabilities to plastics take-back system planning efforts. Potential applications of the decision-support tool in recycling process planning, "design for take-back" and policy analysis are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment
Pages51-56
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 20 2004
EventProceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment - Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Duration: May 10 2004May 13 2004

Other

OtherProceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment
CountryUnited States
CityScottsdale, AZ
Period5/10/045/13/04

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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