Portfolio Category: E-waste Management

The current status of the consumer electronics repair industry in the U.S.

Consumer electronics are turning into consumable devices nowadays, and consumers generally show little inclination to repair broken products due to the lack of repair infrastructures and relative high repair costs. On the other hand, technical, operational, and economic barriers impede the growth of repair businesses. In this paper, we provide a look into the repair…
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Agent Based Simulation optimization of Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment recovery

The profitability of Electronic waste (e-waste) recovery operations is quite challenging due to various sources of uncertainties in quantity, quality and timing of returns originating from consumers’ behavior. The cloud-based remanufacturing concept, data collection and information tracking technologies seems a promising solution toward proper collection and recovery of product life cycle data under uncertainty. A…
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Managing Consumer Behavior toward On-Time Return of Electronic Waste

Profitability of End-of-Use or End-of-Life (EOU/L) product recovery systems is highly affected by the uncertainties in quantity, quality and timing of return. Some parts of these uncertainties are originated from consumer behavior. As a common habit, consumers often keep their EOU/L products in storage for an uncertain amount of time. This behavior reduces the chance…
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Consumer’s product storing behavior

Consumers often have a tendency to store their used, old or un-functional electronics for a period of time before they discard them and return them back to the waste stream. This behavior increases the obsolescence rate of used still-functional products leading to lower profitability that could be resulted out of End-of-Use (EOU) treatments such as…
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