Reports describes how iNEMI project team demonstrated a circular economy for used electronics
This report, from Phase 2 of iNEMI’s Value Recovery from Used Electronics project, describes how the project successfully used end-of-life hard disk drives (HDDs) to demonstrate a viable process toward the development of a multi-stakeholder circular economy.
The project was organized explicitly using the Ostrom Framework
as a self-managing, sustainable system, and the team went beyond the theoretical in demonstrating major value recovery pathways for used HDDs in a circular economy.
The Value Recovery report details how the project team:
- 1Constructed a set of decision trees to identify the options (pathways) at each step in the value recovery chain in the context of a circular economy.
- 2Developed economic models, life cycle assessments and logistics models to determine which value recovery options generate the highest value/profit by type and size of drive.
- 3Completed demonstration projects to prove the efficacy of major critical-to-market circular economy pathways.