The project scope concerned the development of a recyclability tool prototype to be used by the client in internal product development processes. The scope also included an analysis of drivers and obstacles to improve recyclability rates.
The features of the tool, e.g. function, desired metrics, and usage were specified in close discussion with the client. The Stena Circular Consulting project team worked in sprints and developed demo versions of the tool, which were continuously evaluated by the client. By working in an iterative process and adjusting the tool according to the client’s needs, the project team delivered a solution that matched the client’s expectations on internal applicability and user-friendliness. The client received the full demo version of the tool and documentation summarizing the tool’s functions, limitations, and possible areas for further development.
The tool enables the client to make rough estimates regarding the recyclability of both existing and future products already in the design phase. As decisions made during product design will largely determine how a product is treated at end-of-life, data on future recyclability potential is essential to improve recyclability rates. Hopefully, after further development of the prototype and its functionality, the tool can be shared with other companies in the industry.