Faculty Advisor

Demetry, Chrysanthe

Faculty Advisor

Sisson, Richard D.


In this project an economic evaluation of ASR (Automotive Shredder Residue) disposal options was performed. The methods identified and analyzed included landfilling ASR, ASR recycling, ASR incineration, ASR pyrolysis, and design of automobiles for disassembly. It was found that alternative methods to landfilling could be more profitable, however, many of the industries have not been widely developed. The best option for the disposal for ELV's (End of Life Vehicles) depends on the capital available for investment and costs of disposal that vary with location due to available space for landfilling and legislation of emissions. It was found that total disassembly on a large scale is the most profitable and environmentally friendly option. However, the common practice of landfilling ASR is resistant to change and total disassembly is not widely practiced.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering