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Sustainability and the circular economy: a theoretical approach focused on e-waste urban mining


Xavier, LH and Giese, EC and Ribeiro-Duthie, AC and Lins, FAF, Sustainability and the circular economy: a theoretical approach focused on e-waste urban mining, Resources Policy, 74 Article 101467. ISSN 0301-4207 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.resourpol.2019.101467


Reuse and recirculation of products and materials are the basis of the concept of the circular economy (CE). The CE is an innovative proposal that can result in positive impacts such as reduced demand for raw materials, reduced consumption of basic resources, and job creation, as well as preventing negative impacts resulting from the exploitation and processing of natural resources. Mining is infamous for its potential environmental impact, but mining waste from traditional mining (in the linear economy) may recover material through upcycling techniques, as can urban mining of industrial and post-consumer waste categories (in the circular economy). Urban mining, a form of closed-loop supply chain management, offers an attractive alternative to the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) and, at the same time, as a sustainable way to exploit mineral resources, reduces primary material intake and stimulates the circularity in the supply chain. The present study reviews the main CE solutions for e-waste management, highlighting the importance of recovering and classifying mineral material according to urban mining procedures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:circular economy, urban mining, waste electrical and electronic equipment
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Environmental engineering
Research Field:Environmentally sustainable engineering
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Mineral exploration
Objective Field:Mineral exploration not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ribeiro-Duthie, AC (Mrs Ana Ribeiro-Duthie)
ID Code:134720
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:47
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-08-29
Last Modified:2022-11-25

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