Course code MP20
Course title Circular Economy and Eco-design : "Urban mine" case
Institution Mines ParisTech
Course address 60 Boulevard saint Michel - 75006 PARIS (France)
Minimum year of study 4th year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words

Circular economy, Eco-designe, WEEE*, Regulation, Recycling, Sorting, Best practices


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Language English
Professor responsible Franck AGGERI
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Participating professors Franck AGGERI (MINES ParisTech), Daniel FROELICH (ENSAM), Gérard COTE (ENSCP), Vincent SEMETEY (ENSCP)
Number of places Minimum: 10, Maximum: 20, Reserved for local students:

Electric and Electronic Equipment are successfull products which are now a part of our everyday life. But what is the becoming of these products at the end of theor life? Each year about 1,5 million of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is collected in Europe. This waste stream is growing at 3-5% per year. This urban mining offers substantial opportunities in terms of making secondary raw materials on the market in the framework of a circular economy.

 The objective of this course is the main challenges of WEEE recycling, the opportunities, brakes for recycling activities and technical gap needed for a matured eco-industry. Diring this course different aspects will be developed.

Programme to be followed

 1 - The European regulations concerning WEEE recycling

 2 - The new business models

 3 - The implementation of a circular economy

 4 - The technologies of plastics sorting and recycling of materials uses

 5 - An operational description within the visit of a treatment plant : FRICOM Bruyères

 6 - The innovation within strategic metals recycling from WEEE*

 7 - Some examples of eco-designed products easily recycable or using secondary raw materials, presented through industriel case studies.

 *Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Prerequisites None
Course exam Study case presentation at the end of the program.