Recycling Requirements and Design for Environmental Compliance

  • Jens LienigEmail author
  • Hans Bruemmer


The challenge for designers in today’s waste-disposal-aware society is to produce environmentally compliant systems. This chapter describes critical environmental considerations during the design and development stages that have tremendous impact during product disposal and recycling. We begin with a discussion of the importance of a circular economy, in which products are designed to circulate in the production system without entering the environment (Sect. 7.1). Section 7.2 describes the circular economy’s effect on the manufacture, usage, and disposal of electronic systems. Section 7.3 explores the concept of product recycling . The materials in every electronic system must be disposed of at the end of their useful life. The commercial and ecological aspects of the necessary material recycling (Sect. 7.4) are determined by how well the system has been designed for disassembly (Sect. 7.5) and by the suitability of its constituent materials for recycling (Sect. 7.6). Section 7.7 concludes with a review of recommendations for design for environmental compliance.


Electronic System Hazardous Material Material Recycling Constituent Material Development Engineer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electrical and Computer EngineeringDresden University of TechnologyDresdenGermany
  2. 2.SpringeGermany

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