Prioritizing "Design for recyclability" guidelines, bridging the gap between recyclers and product developers

Harm A.R. Peters, Marten E. Toxopeus, Juan M. Jauregui-Becker, Mark-Olof Dirksen

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This paper presents a Design For eXcellence (DFX) method for recyclability, resulting in a practical tool for product engineers. The tool enables an assessment of concept products as well as existing products and focuses on small domestic appliances recycled by shredding. The method enables quantifying recyclability performances of products by integrating a set of design guidelines, a recycling performance evaluation method, and prioritized improvement suggestions. After having the method implemented into a design support tool, a number of tests were executed. The preliminary tests of the method yield promising results, meeting expert expectations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeveraging technology for a sustainable world
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering
EditorsDavid A. Dornfled, Barbara S. Linke
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-29068-8
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2012
Event19th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference, LCE 2012: Leveraging Technology for a Sustainable World - UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, United States
Duration: 23 May 201225 May 2012
Conference number: 19


Conference19th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference, LCE 2012
Abbreviated titleLCE
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Design
  • Recyclability
  • Tool


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