Advancing Manufacturing Technology

Reuse and Recycling Metrics, Phase 2

Project Leader:  Wayne Rifer (Green Electronics Council)

Project Leader:
Wayne Rifer (Green Electronics Council)

Project Leader:  Lisa Dender (IBM)




Mid-Project Webinar

Presentation (December 5, 2017)

The Reuse and Recycling Metric is necessary to provide a way to measure and manage the environmental choices of electronic products from design through end-of-life.  However, to truly impact end-of-life, product designers, recyclers and refurbishers need to work in concert to understand how the choices in design and materials are effecting the end-of-life performance of the product, and ways to improve the final outcome.  A predictive metric is needed.  The team presented their current work on impacts for a metric that goes beyond mass-based considerations and requests discussion and input on the work.


Project Statement and Statement of Work


  • A mass based reusability and recyclability rate:
    • Depends on data which is not readily available (BoM, RRR rates)
    • Does not specify the costs/revenues of reuse and recycling
    • Does not specify the ability to practically separate and liberate the components and materials

Project Objectives

  • Identify design measure to improve material choice, material and component liberation (materials + liberation + circular economy impacts)
  • Identify product-related cost factors influencing economic feasibility of reuse and recycling
  • Identify weighing factors
  • Get ahead of regulation
  • Develop a metric system that can be applied to different electronic products

Project Focus

  • To develop a scoring system (qualitative/semi-quantitative) which assesses the ability – economic feasibility and physical practicality – to separate and liberate the materials from ICT products (product category specific).
  • To develop a weighing factor which quantifies the quality of the reused and recycled materials (exergy, cumulated energy demand, price, environmental impact).
  • To develop a product end of life value score (includes reuse and recycling) – 3 tier scope of material choice, product design and regional recovery factors (what is the net value of the design/material and need choices).
  • Investigate and engage with key standards or similar organizations to promote the use of our findings.

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Steps for Joining the Project

Please note: iNEMI membership is required to participate in this project sign-up.  Initial sign-up has ended, but you can still join the project with team consent.  Steps for joining the project follow.

For iNEMI members:

  • Complete and sign the project statement
  • Fax the completed statement(s) to +1 (703) 834-2735 or scan and email to
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For Additional Information

Mark Schaffer