Ohio State University

Practical Benefits of a Reprocessing Model for Product Take-Back Centers

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End-of-life (EOL) product returns provide an opportunity for landfill diversion through remanufacturing and materials recycling. In this paper, we focus on evaluating bulk recycling processing options for a take-back center that receives large quantities of similar products through warranty returns, leasing returns, trade-in incentives and take-back programs. We develop a multicommodity flow model as a decision tool to evaluate the reprocessing options for EOL products returned to a take-back center. To illustrate its use and applicability, we present an example of potential use of the model to evaluate how far to process materials to gain higher material purity subject to capacity constraints and costs.

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