Recyclable Materials

If a product is to be recycled at the end of its life then it must be produced from materials that can be recycled. The designers must consider current technologies and infrastructures when deciding which materials are recyclable. Many materials claim to be recyclable, but are not recyclable unless the systems exist to ensure that the materials will be recycled.

Pros: Reduces waste going to landfill and reduces consumption of resources
Cons: If the proper infrastructures are not in place, recycling these materials can be energy intensive and be less effective than incineration. Recyclable materials may not be able to offer other important characteristics such as lightweight, reducing product efficiency.
Pros: Reduced end of life treatment costs