Exploring Social Dynamics of Hard-Disk Drives Circularity with an Agent-Based Approach

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Abstract

By 2025, it is estimated that installed data storage in the U.S. will be 2.2 Zettabytes, generating about 50 million units of end-of-life hard-disk drives (HDDs) per year. The circular economy (CE) tackles waste issues by maximizing value retention in the economy, for instance, through reuse and recycling. However, the reuse of hard disk drives is hindered by the lack of trust organizations have toward other means of data removal than physically destroying HDDs. Here, an agent-based approach explores how organizations' decisions to adopt other data removal means affect HDDs' circularity. The model applies the theory of planned behavior to model the decisions of HDDs end-users. Results demonstrate that the attitude (which is affected by trust) of end-users toward data-wiping technologies acts as a barrier to reuse. Moreover, social pressure can play a significant role as organizations that adopt CE behaviors can set an example for others.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Apr 2021
Event8th IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability, SusTech 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 22 Apr 202124 Apr 2021

Conference

Conference8th IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability, SusTech 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period22/04/2124/04/21

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-6A20-79041 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-81008

Keywords

  • agent-based modeling
  • Circular economy
  • hard-disk drives
  • socio-technical systems
  • theory of planned behavior

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