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Closing the Loop on E-waste: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Bridgens, Ben, Hobson, Kersty, Lilley, Debra, Lee, Jacquetta, Scott, Janet L. and Wilson, Garrath T. (2017) Closing the Loop on E-waste: A Multidisciplinary Perspective Journal of Industrial Ecology.

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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, focusing 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 (CE). 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 assessment; 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 CE from a multifaceted and interdisciplinary perspective.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Bridgens, BenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hobson, KerstyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lilley, DebraUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lee, JacquettaJ.Lee@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Scott, Janet L.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wilson, Garrath T.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 26 August 2017
Identification Number : 10.1111/jiec.12645
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 The Authors. Journal of Industrial Ecology, published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of Yale University. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Circular economy; Industrial ecology; Obsolescence; Product lifetime; Product service system (PSS); Resource recovery
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 31 Aug 2017 12:27
Last Modified : 31 Aug 2017 12:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842101

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