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Post-consumer waste management issues in the footwear industry

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posted on 29.07.2009, 13:41 by Theodoros Staikos, Shahin RahimifardShahin Rahimifard
Currently, 17 billion pairs of shoes are produced worldwide every year, and this figure continues to rise. This creates an enormous amount of post-consumer (end-of-life) shoe waste that is currently being disposed of in landfill sites around the world. The research reported in this paper is an initial investigation into realization of a holistic approach to application of recovery and recycling in the footwear industry. The paper provides a brief review of the trends in the footwear sector regarding the amount of end-of-life waste produced, together with existing reuse and recycling activities. It also presents an integrated waste management framework by combining a mix of design and material improvements, as well as reuse, recycling, and energy recovery activities, and concludes by examining the challenges in establishing end-of-life product recovery procedures for post-consumer shoes.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


STAIKOS, T. and RAHIMIFARD, S., 2007. Post-consumer waste management issues in the footwear industry. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 221 (2), pp. 363-368


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This is an article from the journal, Proceedings of the IMechE, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture [© IMechE]. It is also available at: http://journals.pepublishing.com/content/vk170456jx5008gk/?p=3731181c2ff841c88420825343265f62&pi=20