Product recovery, covering materials reuse, reuse of functional components and reuse of complete products, has been taking place for many years and will become even more important due to the limited availability of natural resources combined with a growing population with a higher demand for these resources.
During the last decade, the number of publications on product recovery, both academic and non-academic, has been rapidly growing. Despite this attention, still many issues have to be resolved. Via the six articles in this special issue, we hope to deliver a small contribution to the latter.
In the first article of this special issue, Geldermann, Treitz, Schollenberger and Rentzpresent a method to determine the economic optimal recovery of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). VOC emissions occur in a large variety of surface treatment processes and are a major contributor to photochemical smog. Based on a case study from the industrial coating of bicycle frames, the authors develop...