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posted on 11.09.2018, 10:16 by Christine Cole, Alex Gnanapragasam, Tim Cooper
© 2017 The Authors. Waste reduction should be an integral strategy for meeting European Union commitments on the circular economy. The reuse of household goods, thereby increasing their life-spans, is thus not only part of the waste reduction agenda but necessary for progression towards a circular economy. Reuse does take place through many different routes and involves many actors. This complexity makes monitoring and increasing reuse particularly challenging. Previous research has concentrated on reuse through local government collections and there has been with limited enquiry into other routes. This paper characterises and analyses operations of two UK organisations that facilitate the resale of used electrical and electronic equipment in order to establish how levels of reuse may be increased. It discusses findings from semi-structured interviews with senior representatives from the organisations and makes recommendations for reuse networks that could manage waste streams more effectively. The paper illustrates how different business approaches can make a significant contribution to tackling waste and implementing the circular economy.

Funding

This research was undertaken with financial support from the EPSRC funded Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products, grant reference EP/N022645/1.

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference Procedia CIRP

Volume

61

Pages

155 - 160

Citation

COLE, C., GNANAPRAGASAM, A. and COOPER, T., 2017. Towards a circular economy: Exploring routes to reuse for discarded electrical and electronic equipment. Procedia CIRP, 61, pp. 155-160.

Publisher

© the Authors. Published by IEEE

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

31/10/2016

Publication date

2017

Notes

This paper was presented at the 24th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference, Kamakura, Japan, March 8-10th. This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

ISSN

2212-8271

Language

en

Location

Kamakura, Japan