Using the recyclability index of materials as a tool for design for disassembly

G. Villalba, M. Segarra, J. M. Chimenos, F. Espiell

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The recyclability index of materials (R) is used to determine if it is economically feasible to disassemble a product. First, a percentage of the product that is composed with materials with a high R is calculated. This gives an estimate of how much of the product can be recycled theoretically. Then, a profit-to-loss margin for recycling is calculated to determine whether it is economically feasible to recover that percentage of materials with high R previously calculated. If the margin is positive, then it is economically possible to recycle that product, and if it is negative certain actions could be taken in order to make the margin positive.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalEcological Economics
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004


  • Disassembly
  • Recyclability index
  • Recycling


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