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Rethinking urban mining: exploring potential yields of high value WEEE in “unique” urban spaces

Rethinking urban mining: exploring potential yields of high value WEEE in “unique” urban spaces
Rethinking urban mining: exploring potential yields of high value WEEE in “unique” urban spaces
The concept of distinct urban mines (DUM) is presented and discussed. A survey of product consumption and disposal flows of students for 17 selected EEE was conducted. A total of 499 useable questionnaires were received. Four of the EEE were owned by >60% of students – mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras and MP3 players. Per capita, each student owned 7.32 products of selected EEE. Most products would only be replaced if they broke. The present strategy for WEEE takeback/treatment is not resource efficient and a rethink is required. A DUM can be a source of high value WEEE. Selective and separate WEEE collection within a DUM is one approach. Collection could be refined to allow the transition to a product and/or material-based takeback in which WEEE rich in valuable materials are prioritised for collection and treatment
9788862650311
Paper 128
CISA Publisher
Ongondo, F.O.
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Williams, I.D.
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Whitlock, G.
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Ongondo, F.O.
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Williams, I.D.
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Whitlock, G.
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Ongondo, F.O., Williams, I.D. and Whitlock, G. (2014) Rethinking urban mining: exploring potential yields of high value WEEE in “unique” urban spaces. In Proceedings of SUM 2014 – Second Symposium on Urban Mining. CISA Publisher. Paper 128 .

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The concept of distinct urban mines (DUM) is presented and discussed. A survey of product consumption and disposal flows of students for 17 selected EEE was conducted. A total of 499 useable questionnaires were received. Four of the EEE were owned by >60% of students – mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras and MP3 players. Per capita, each student owned 7.32 products of selected EEE. Most products would only be replaced if they broke. The present strategy for WEEE takeback/treatment is not resource efficient and a rethink is required. A DUM can be a source of high value WEEE. Selective and separate WEEE collection within a DUM is one approach. Collection could be refined to allow the transition to a product and/or material-based takeback in which WEEE rich in valuable materials are prioritised for collection and treatment

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Published date: May 2014
Venue - Dates: SUM 2014 – Second Symposium on Urban Mining, Italy, 2014-05-19 - 2014-05-21
Organisations: Centre for Environmental Science

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Local EPrints ID: 365233
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/365233
ISBN: 9788862650311
PURE UUID: 45c22c3f-deb9-44a8-8bd1-be26b25b191b
ORCID for I.D. Williams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0121-1219

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Date deposited: 30 May 2014 10:19
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:42

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