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DEMONSTRATING EEE RECOVERY FOR REUSE IN A DISTINCT URBAN MINE: A CASE STUDY

  • Olanrewaju S. Shittu - School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Ian D. Williams - School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Peter Shaw - School of Geography and Environmental Science, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Southampton, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Natalie Montiero - School of Geography and Environmental Science, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Southampton, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Rhiannon Creffield - Residential Services, University of Southampton, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Abstract

At the heart of the circular economy model is the reorientation of consumer behaviours away from disposing of items before they reach end of their functional life as a step towards resource efficiency and reduction of environmental impacts. One way to facilitate this change is to enable proactive redistribution of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) with reuse value from urban spaces followed by high quality recycling at end-of-life. We have conducted the first assessment and critical evaluation of a model for the recovery of reusable EEE from a distinct urban mine (DUM) - in this case, a university. The Infrastructure, Service and Behaviour (ISB) model was used as a guide for interventions. EEE recovered from two Halls of Residence at the University of Southampton were characterised and sorted. From the items inspected, 97% was reusable and were donated to participating charities for redistribution via reuse/sale. The results show that an ISB Model system designed using choice architecture to recover reusable EEE from a DUM contributes strongly to extending products’ lifetimes and promotes circular economy ambitions. The study provides strong evidence of a viable reuse-based recovery system for small EEE in a university DUM and with a potential for replicability at global scale. It is recommended that a carefully planned and tailored system based on the ISB model should be put in place in universities for the recovery and redistribution of reusable EEE (ReEEE) and that recycling is implemented only after practical options for reuse have been exhausted.

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Editorial History

  • Received: 27 Sep 2020
  • Revised: 25 Apr 2021
  • Accepted: 28 Apr 2021
  • Available online: 30 Jun 2021

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