Design for Easy Disassembly and Easy Recycling

Design for Easy Disassembly and Easy Recycling

The easy disassembly and easy recycle design could facilitate circular economy. Products and components easy to disassemble allow consumers to upgrade the products according to their needs, thus avoiding the purchase of the entire product; allow easy repair and replacement of parts and components at the time of product failure; allow recycling vendors to classify the materials and hence reduce the cost of recycle processing and enhance the value of using recycled electronic items.

A. Easy Recycling Design

  • Label plastic parts > 25 grams or > 100 mm2 in conformity with ISO 11469:2000
  • Make plastic material components > 100 grams with a single resin
  • Reduce the use of surface paintings or metal coatings that are not compatible with recycling or reuse on plastic parts >100 grams, or use the detachable coating treatment
  • Consider the use of postconsumer recycled plastic
  • Consider the use of recycled material
  • Consider the use of renewable/biobased material
  • Decrease the use of additive in the plastic
  • Avoid the use of glue-on or welding to join different materials
  • The back of the plastic parts should be without stickers or foam; if the sticker is necessary, it should be removable

B. Easy-Disassembly Design

  • Plastic parts > 25 grams could be manually separable by one person alone with commonly available tools into recyclable resin streams
  • The metals in plastic parts should be easily disassembled using common tools
  • The parts should be easily and safely disassembled
  • Use snap combination to the maximum extent possible, reduce using screw combination, stick combination and weld combination
  • Reduce screw categories
  • Product needs to be easily disassembled using common tools according to Annex II of EU WEEE Directive

C. Life Cycle Extension

  • Use modular design that can be easily disassembled using common tools
  • Components such as CPU (Central Processing Unit), memory, and interface card in the product should be easily disassembled using common tools
  • Consider extension of spare parts for the product
  • Use replaceable batteries in all portable devices. For maintenance information, visit http://www.asus.com/support/Article/604/
  • Consider extension of warranty for the product
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