[EAS]Reversing Production

pjk pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Wed Mar 5 22:50:25 EST 2003

Subject:   Reversing Production

(from NewsScan Daily, 5 March 2003)

A study underway at Georgia Tech could offer a model for responsible
recycling of electronic waste. Researchers have developed a
"reverse production" system that enables every raw material
contained in e-waste -- metals such as lead, copper, aluminum and
gold, as well as plastics, glass  and wire -- to be recovered and
reused. Scientists say such "closed loop" manufacturing offers a
win-win situation for manufacturers and consumers, and the project
is generating buzz abroad, with officials in Taiwan and Belgium
expressing interest in the system. Key to the process is chemical 
engineer Matthew Realff's design for a means to separate metals, as
well as different qualities of plastics from crushed, ground-up
components. From  this work, new industries could be created to
recover value not only from e-waste, but also from automobiles and
other durable goods, says Realff.  (Science Daily 4 Mar 2003)

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