Metal and Plastic Recycling Flows in a Circular Value Chain
Book chapter, 2021

Material efficiency in manufacturing is an enabler of circular economy and captures value in industry through decreasing the amount of material used to
produce one unit of output, generating less waste per output and improving waste segregation and management. However, material types and fractions play an important role in successfulness of recycling initiatives. This study investigates two main fractions in automotive industry, namely, metal and plastic. For both material flows, information availability and standards and regulations are pivotal to increase segregation, optimize the collection and obtain the highest possible circulation rates with high quality of recyclables. This paper presents and compares the current information flows and standards and regulations of metals and plastics in the automotive value chain.

circular economy

material efficiency

automotive industry

Metal recycling

plastic recycling


Sasha Shahbazi

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Patricia van Loon

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Martin Kurdve

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Mats Johansson

University of Gothenburg

Towards a Sustainable Future - Life Cycle Management

978-3-030-77127-0 (ISBN)

Sustainable plastic use by managing uncertainties for the market actors

Swedish Energy Agency (47566-1), 2019-04-01 -- 2019-12-31.

CiMMREC – Circular models for mixed and multi material recycling in manifacturing extended loops

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, 2016-08-01 -- 2020-03-01.

Circular material flows

Chalmers, 2017-08-21 -- 2019-08-21.

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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Environmental Management

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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