Study of WEEE Collecting and Recycling Network in China

Abstract

A large amount of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment ) is generated in China every year. However, the recycling and treatment of WEEE in China just begins and there are many problems in the current situations. There are two recycling and treatment networks, one is formal and the other is informal. We examine the two networks and analyze their drawbacks in cost, efficiency and sustainability. Then we propose a new network, which uses the convenient collection system of recycling peddlers and the cheap operation of small dismantling workshops. This new network combines the advantages of both the formal and informal networks. It can improve environment protection and also reduce operation cost. We build mathematical models to evaluate the performance of all of the networks, using data from a case study in Shanghai. The research provides valuable advice for establishing WEEE recycling and treatment management policies in China.



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Bibo Yang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Paper Information
Conference: ACSEE2013
Stream: Sustainability

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