International investigation of electronic waste recycling plant design
Author(s)Theurer, Jean E
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Daniel E Whitney.
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This thesis investigates the industry of electronic waste recycling industry in three countries: Germany, the United States, and Chile. Despite differences in the legal structure surrounding the industry, there are many similarities between plant operations and disassembly techniques. Several strategies for improving the recycling rate and improving employee safety within the plants have been identified. Appropriate clothing, included masks and gloves will improve worker safety while the recycling rate can be increased by separating the disassembly process into two tasks: disassembly and sorting. However it seems as though even with significant decreases in cost from the labor associated with recycling, the economic price of electronic waste will continue to outweigh the profits from selling recycled materials. Thus, it is important for countries to recognize the environmental and health benefits of recycling electronic waste and continue to support the electronic waste recycling industry's development.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, June 2010.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections."June 2010." Cataloged from student submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 49-52).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology