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An investigation into the environmental impact of product recovery methods to support sustainable manufacturing within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

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Publication date07/2012
Host publicationDynamic methods and process advancements in mechanical, manufacturing, and materials engineering
EditorsJ. Paulo Davim
Place of publicationHershey, Penn.
PublisherIGI Global
Pages73-90
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781466618688
ISBN (Print)9781466618671
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The effects of climate change and government legislation has changed the way in which manufacturers can dispose of their waste, encouraging SMEs to source alternative disposal methods such as those indicated in the waste hierarchy. It is economically and environmentally beneficial to use product recovery methods to divert waste from landfill. The environmental impact of two product recovery methods, remanufacturing and repairing, has been compared via a carbon footprint calculation for a UK-based SME. The calculation has identified that repairing has a lower carbon footprint than remanufacturing, however this only extends the original life-cycle of the product, whereas remanufacturing provides a new life-cycle and warranty, and therefore seen as the most preferable method of product recovery to
support sustainable manufacturing.

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