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The Recycling Challenge for Supply Chain Management


Many industries and organisations are to be affected in the near future by new legislation for the recycling of waste, such as the EU Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). These Directives are very broad in scope, covering virtually all electrical and electronic equipment used by consumers or intended for professional use that may end up in the municipal waste stream. This also includes products sold to the EU from abroad and products sold electronically.

Technical solutions for the recovery or recycling of products from waste materials become more and more available. To have these new technologies implemented in a real world, feasibility studies are indispensable. For this purpose, it is often imperative to adopt the viewpoint of an individual firm or supply chain network and ask whether it would be wise to engage in product recovery activities or not. While legislation sets the boundaries, aspects of economics, globalisation, and determine how and with how much efforts such strategies are to be implemented. Even if organisations will not directly engage into recycling or reuse activities, they may well be affected indirectly in their performance or operations through the actions of their suppliers, customers, or competitor.

Course Content

Some important frameworks and insights that have been developed in recent yours are described in this talk. As will become clear, however, researchers and practitioners have not yet been able to develop a desirable state of understanding. Recycling, therefore, is a real challenge for supply chain management. Given the interdisciplinary scope of affairs, practitioners and academics might benefit from various forms of cooperation for developing suitable approaches to meeting this challenge.

Speaker Biographical Sketch

Dr. Patrick J.N. Beullens obtained a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1993, a Master of Engineering degree in Industrial Management in 1994, and a PhD degree in Engineering in 2001, all from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). Dr. Beullens joined the University of Portsmouth since 2004. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Operational Research at the Department of Mathematics, where he teaches courses on logistics and supply chain management. Dr. Beullens is co-editor of journal Handbook of Reverse Logistics and referee for a number of international journals, including the European Journal of Operational Research, Production and Operation Management, Annals of OR, and Computers and Operations Research. His research collaborators come from various institutions, currently including INSEAD (France), University of Nottingham (UK), K.U. Leuven (B), Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL), and Thammasat University (Thailand).

Date: 15 September 2005 (Thursday)
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Rm G6302, 6/F, Lift 7, Academic Bldg, City University of Hong Kong,
83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon,
Hong Kong.
Language: English

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