Product Lifecycle ManagementPicture showing how a barcode in a cell phone can link to recycling information

Using information technology
to make recycling and environmental management
easier and cheaper.

Funded by the US EPA Science to Acheive Results Program

In the media

E-waste and the Internet of Things: The problem is part of the solution, ITU News, No. 1 2014.

ISyE Professor Develops "Smart Trash" Concept for Recycling, December 2011.

It's Just Your Trash Talkin' - OnEarth, Natural Resources Defense Council, December 2011.

Waste Tracking, The 9th Annual Year in Ideas, New York Times Magazine, December 13 2009. 


Will Trash Cans Get Smart? Gwendolyn Bounds, The Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2009.

Reinvent Recycling with Cash Incentives and 'Smart Trash' - Digital Communities, September 18 2009

E-waste R&D Act - Testimonty to House Science Committee, February 11 2009.

Environmentally-Friendly Laptops - inteview on ABC's Money Matters, July 25, 2007.

Blueprint for a Green Laptop - article in Popular Science, July 2007.


Is Leasing Greener than Selling?,” Agrawal, V., M. Ferguson, L. B. Toktay, and V. M. Thomas. Management Science 58(3): 523-533, 2012.

A Universal Code for Environmental Management of Products,” V. M. Thomas. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 53: 400-408, 2009.

"Radio-Frequency Identification: Environmental Applications," V. M. Thomas. White Paper, Foresight in Governance Project. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2008.

“A Universal Code for Lifecycle Management of Products,” V. M. Thomas. Proc. IEEE Int'l Symp. Electronics and the Environment, 2007.

Toward Intelligent Recycling: A Proposal to Link Bar Codes to Recycling Information,” S. Saar, M. Stutz, and V. M. Thomas. Resources, Conservation, and Recycling 41(1):15-21, 2004.

"Product Self-Management: Evolution in Recycling and Reuse," V. M. Thomas. Environmental Science and Technology 37 (23) 5297-5302, 2003.

"Toward Trash That Thinks: Product Tags for Environmental Management," S. Saar and V. Thomas. Journal of Industrial Ecology 6(2):133-146, 2003.

"Advanced Tags for Product Recycling," S. Saar and V. Thomas. Proc. IEEE Int'l. Symp. Electronics and Environment, May 2002 (pdf).