European UnionDrivers and Motivation
Relatively new cooperative efforts associated with the formation of the EUfacilitates adoption of established "best practices"
High population density and well established transportation systems enablesdevelopment of take-back infrastructure
Recycling more logistically and economically viable
- Minimal space for land-fill
- Acceptance of incineration for plastics disposal
- Relatively high unemployment (up to twice that of US and Japan) and workersrights leading to more acceptance of manual disassembly
Published July 13, 2000; WTEC Workshop on Environmentally Benign Manufacturing (EBM) Technologies