Dynamics of E-Waste Growth and its Recycling

Document Type : Research Paper


1 System Dynamics Postdoc Researcher , Faculty of Management and Economics, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

2 BSc Student , Industrial Engineering, Ardakan University, Ardakan, Iran.

3 BSc Student, Industrial Engineering Faculty, Ardakan University, Ardakan, Iran.

4 BSc Student , Industrial Engineering Faculty, Ardakan University, Ardakan, Iran.


In the age of digital economy, the use of electronic devices and consequently e-waste has increased so that e-waste is considered as the fastest growing waste in the world. Also, these wastes, like other wastes, have a detrimental effect on the environment. Therefore, control of e-waste and planning for its recycling is a management problem at the national, global and environmental levels. In this research, using the system dynamics approach and using document model building (DMB) and reviewing the literature, the dynamics model is designed to identify the structure governing the generation of e-waste and its recycling and predict the amount of e-waste and the capacity required for its recycling. The results of the model showed that although the amount of waste and consequently its recycling has increased, this growth is limited and is S-shaped. However, recycling industries have increased revenues.


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Volume 9, Issue 4
March 2022
Pages 151-188
  • Receive Date: 03 August 2021
  • Revise Date: 02 January 2022
  • Accept Date: 22 January 2022
  • First Publish Date: 20 February 2022