Authors:
Florina Bran, Ildiko Ioan, Carmen Valentina Radulescu
Conference: International Symposium “The Environment and the Industry”
Date: October 13-14, 2016
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Published: 2016
Keywords:
Sustainable development
Recycling
Circular economy
Businesses
WEEE
Abstract:
Environment covers a number of stages within the material loop that allow industrial development and value creation. Holding the resource for a long while, concentrating some
materials, decomposing others are processes that exceed the limits of industrial activity. A better use of materials is a mandatory requirement of sustainable development. Closed loops
of material streams are the most common vision in this respect. Despite the innovative technological solutions, a functional market for major material streams is still struggling to
emerge. Using a case study for one of the most dynamic waste streams – electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) – there are indicated critical factors that impact on the
businesses of the WEEE value chain. A better understanding of how these factors influence the businesses of all involved players could bring important improvements in policy making
toward a circular economy based on a functional market.


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