Proceedings of EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability 2015

Breaking Barriers on Reuse of Digital Devices Ensuring Final Recycling

Authors
David Franquesa, Leandro Navarro, David L´opez, Xavier Bustamante, Santiago Lamora
Corresponding Author
David Franquesa
Available Online September 2015.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/ict4s-env-15.2015.32How to use a DOI?
Keywords
WEEE; Preparation for reuse; Reuse of electrical and electronic equipment; Digital Devices; Traceability; Distributed system; Reputation system; Hardware discovery; Digital divide; Open source
Abstract
Digital Devices or Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) are scrapped at an alarming rate instead of being salvaged, fixed, and reused. For the reuse sector to flourish, donors, receivers, and reuse centers need services and technologies to gain effectiveness, efficiency, and traceability to reach the goal of greatly extending the lifetime of devices and still ensuring their final recycling. The main challenges to overcome are access to sufficient good-quality used devices, quick preparation of those with greatest potential for reuse, ability to make direct donations, guarantee that reused devices are eventually recycled, communication of the social and environmental value of reuse, establishing a system to reward donors, and ensuring commitment of receivers of reused devices to recycling. We present a set of open-source tools based on a distributed platform ecosystem that supports direct donation of devices. Devices are prepared for reuse in the donor’s location, and receivers collect them. Malicious users are discouraged by a reputation scheme to reward cooperative receivers that reuse devices and track them until disposed to recycling agents. This reduces costs, and minimizes EEE losses as there is no need for a central logistic system or centralizing the engagement of donors on charity projects. The background and foreground Intellectual Property follows an open model (unrestricted), as the goal is to bootstrap the reuse process, generate local efficiencies, guarantee final recycling, and ensure traceability. Pilots already performed for more than four years and two thousand devices validate the model with 80% traceability of device components.
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Proceedings
EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability 2015
Part of series
Advances in Computer Science Research
Publication Date
September 2015
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978-94-62520-92-9
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/ict4s-env-15.2015.32How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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