Stop Destroying Waste: How Collaboration in Take-back Systems Creates Value Instead of Waste

Rasmus Jørgensen, Torben Pedersen, Christer Hedlund, Johan Lilja

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The purpose of a take-back system is to reduce usage of new natural resources by reusing discarded products. However, value stream actors often damage the discarded products by treating it as waste, and potential reuse value is lost in the value stream bringing discarded products to a reuse facility. The value loss can be reduced through reconfiguring collaboration and alignment of purpose between value stream actors. The study explores multiple product take-back value streams and identify alignment in collaboration as an enabler of low product damage and high value creation which are central to operationalization of circular economy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2023
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe 30th EurOMA International Annual Conference 2023: A Systems Lens on Operations - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 1 Jul 20236 Jul 2023
Conference number: 30


ConferenceThe 30th EurOMA International Annual Conference 2023
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  • Circular economy
  • Take-back system
  • Value stream

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