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What gets recycled: an information theory based model for product recycling.

What gets recycled: an information theory based model for product recycling. This work focuses on developing a concise representation of the material recycling potential for products at end-of life. To do this we propose a model similar to the "Sherwood Plot", but for products rather than for dilute mixtures. The difference is reflected in the material composition and the processing systems used for the two different applications. Cost estimates for product recycling systems are developed using Shannon's information theory. The resulting model is able to resolve the material recycling potential for a wide range of end-of-life products with vastly different material compositions and recycling rates in the U.S. Preliminary data on historical trends in product design suggest a significant shift toward less recyclable products. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environmental Science & Technology Pubmed

What gets recycled: an information theory based model for product recycling.

Environmental Science & Technology , Volume 41 (21): -7492 – Feb 26, 2008

What gets recycled: an information theory based model for product recycling.


Abstract

This work focuses on developing a concise representation of the material recycling potential for products at end-of life. To do this we propose a model similar to the "Sherwood Plot", but for products rather than for dilute mixtures. The difference is reflected in the material composition and the processing systems used for the two different applications. Cost estimates for product recycling systems are developed using Shannon's information theory. The resulting model is able to resolve the material recycling potential for a wide range of end-of-life products with vastly different material compositions and recycling rates in the U.S. Preliminary data on historical trends in product design suggest a significant shift toward less recyclable products.

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ISSN
0013-936X
DOI
10.1021/es062254b
pmid
18044539

Abstract

This work focuses on developing a concise representation of the material recycling potential for products at end-of life. To do this we propose a model similar to the "Sherwood Plot", but for products rather than for dilute mixtures. The difference is reflected in the material composition and the processing systems used for the two different applications. Cost estimates for product recycling systems are developed using Shannon's information theory. The resulting model is able to resolve the material recycling potential for a wide range of end-of-life products with vastly different material compositions and recycling rates in the U.S. Preliminary data on historical trends in product design suggest a significant shift toward less recyclable products.

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Environmental Science & TechnologyPubmed

Published: Feb 26, 2008

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