This work examined why the electronics industry, specifically producers of commercial and consumer equipment, does not complete the product lifecycle by recapturing valuable materials from products when the products reach the end of their useful life. The electronics industry, it seems, is not capable of fully recovering and recycling its products. It lacks the infrastructure, or the underlying foundation, to enable the industry to take back its products and recycle or reuse the components that make up those products. This research identified and examined the various infrastructure deficiencies, including technical and regulatory factors, causing the recovery and recycling of electronic products to remain infeasible. This research provided a summary of the initiatives that are currently taking place to help establish an infrastructure in the U.S.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Electronics--Recycling--United States; Electronic industries--United States--Environmental aspects

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Department, Program, or Center

Civil Engineering Technology Environmental Management and Safety (CAST)


Thomas, George

Advisor/Committee Member

Rosenbeck, Joseph


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