Disruptive Innovation Festival

A Second LIFE for Critical Raw Materials: Podcast Session, 19th November 2018

Citizens across the EU are often unaware of how to correctly deposit their unwanted electrical items. Many are also reluctant to hand over their data-bearing devices due to data security concerns, so many items suitable for re-use are likely to be hoarded at home. Furthermore, although certain valuable materials (e.g. aluminium and copper) are recovered in the recycling of WEEE, many CRMs are not, and are lost from the system forever.

As part of the Disruptive Innovation Festival, this podcast session – to be released on the 19th November –  will consider how public involvement can support, enhance and potentially revolutionise the collection and recovery of CRMs from WEEE. Speakers include the following representatives from the CRM Recovery project: Carl Nichols, Bettina Gilbert, Norah Lewis, Charlotte Budd, Sven Grieger and Darren Hill.

The podcast will give you a glimpse into project activities and recommendations ahead of the final conference event on the 20th February.

Tune into the podcast here.

Or Register for the London event on the 20th February here.

A Second Life for Critical Raw Materials

Booking is now open for a free conference – ‘A Second LIFE for Critical Raw Materials’ – in London on 20 February 2019.

Delegates will learn about the CRM Recovery project’s collaborative collection and recovery trials across the UK, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic.  Furthermore, there will be presentations and discussions regarding the project’s policy and infrastructure recommendations, plus EU policy perspectives from the European Commission.

An interactive, innovative and informative event programme has been curated, based on three key themes:

  1. How do we increase the collection and recovery of CRMs from WEEE?
  2. How are organisations approaching these challenges across Europe?
  3. How do we work together to establish an effective supply chain?

Businesses, funding bodies and research organisations with an interest in the recovery of valuable CRMs are invited to attend.  To secure a free place at the event, you can register here.  Tickets are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

CRM Recovery Release a first look at our policy recommendations as part of the First International E-Waste Day

The very first International E-waste Day was held on the 13 October 2018 in Europe and globally. Developed by the WEEE Forum with the support of 25 not-for-profit e-waste companies in 19 different countries across the world, it was used to raise the public profile of e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle their e-waste with the resulting increase in e-waste recycling rates on the day itself and into the future.

CRM Recovery took part in the awareness raising activities via Twitter and released a first sighting of the project’s policy recommendations. Take a look at them here.

CRM Recovery to take part in the First International E-Waste Day

International E-Waste_Social Media_Forum_Grn_AWThe very first International E-waste Day will be held this year! This exciting initiative will take place on the 13 October 2018 in Europe and globally. Developed by the WEEE Forum with the support of 25 not-for-profit e-waste companies in 19 different countries across the world, it is being used to raise the public profile of e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle their e-waste with the resulting increase in e-waste recycling rates on the day itself and into the future.

Join us on Twitter to help spread the word!

Take Back and Incentivised Return Trials in Northern England Result in Great Returns on WEEE Collection

As part of the EU LIFE funded Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery project, circular economy specialist Axion partnered with renowned brands, British Heart Foundation, Dixons Carphone and John Lewis, to develop and deliver WEEE collection trials across the North of England.

Using both retail take-back and incentive return schemes the trials targeted high value IT equipment and consumer electronics, resulting in over 300 items collected and over £2,000 raised for the British Heart Foundation.

Items targeted for collection during the trial were those not generally disposed of via typical collection and recovery channels, often due to concerns around data security (e.g. laptops, PCs, tablets, cameras, games consoles and DVD / Blu-Ray players). Results from the trial indicated that partnering with such well known and trusted organisations helped the public to overcome data security fears and encouraged donations and returns.

Bettina Gilbert, Programme Manager for WRAP Cymru said “We are delighted with the results of this trial, which used a collaborative approach to successfully increase the collection of WEEE, has demonstrated commercial benefits, and resulted in the recovery of additional critical raw materials from the waste stream”.

Each year millions of tonnes of WEEE is generated in the EU, but only 30% is reported as properly collected and recycled. The EU LIFE funded Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery project is investing in trials exploring novel ways of boosting the recovery of critical raw materials (CRMs) from household waste electrical and electronic products (WEEE). The Critical Raw Materials Closed Loop Recovery Project aims to increase the recovery of target CRMs by 5% by 2020 and by 20% by 2030.

The collection and recovery trials were the first stage in the €2.1m, three-and-a-half-year project, which is supported by the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union, Innovate UK, the Welsh Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and led by WRAP. The outputs from the trials will inform policy recommendation throughout the EU.

Project partners include the European Recycling Platform (ERP), the European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN), the Wuppertal Institute and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

Full details of the Axion-led take back and incentivised return trials can be found in the latest case study to be released, available here.

Critical Raw Material Recovery Project at MRE 2018

The 12th and 13th March saw the largest materials innovation event of 2018 being held, with over 70 exhibitors showcasing their latest products, and 1,300 delegates attending across the two days.

The event showcased the richness of the UK materials research and investment opportunities, providing an ideal opportunity to absorb current trends and take a glimpse of future innovations, as well as building links within the materials supply chain to strengthen the UK materials offer to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and end users.

As part of the event, Dr Kalyan Sarma (National Contact Point – Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials) and Dr. David Gardner (European Programmes Team at the KTN), facilitated an International Collaborations Workshop. A number of presentations were given on European Projects and key themes for Critical Materials, including presentations on CRM Recovery and the H2020 project SCRREEN.

As well as discussing European Projects, this workshop also had the following three objectives:

  • To provide attendees with an introduction to the opportunities available within the Horizon 2020 programme for collaboration in the area of materials research. This will be supported by case studies of recent successful applications to the H2020 programme from three UK organisations
  • To highlight selected activities taking place in the area of critical raw materials and their importance to business continuity. Two case studies will be introduced as well as the importance of materials research that will lead to a successful low carbon energy economy.
  • A short interactive session to provide some feedback on priorities for future collaborative research and a move to an integrated supply chain through the life cycle of products.

The presentation was well attended and a questionnaire to evaluate the impact of material supply on business continuity was circulated to delegates. Answers will shortly be collated, however if you would like to offer your own feedback or insights there is still time to do so, by visiting www.menti.com  and using code 71 42 84. Deadline for responses is 6th April 2018. 

Information about CRM Recovery and SCRREEN was available to delegates at the show via our exhibition stand, situated on Stand 98, with many new subscribers and interactions for both projects. Thank you to all those who stopped by to talk to us, hopefully we’ll see you at another event.

Collection Trials Finish in Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery Project

The Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery project has announced that the five trial partners of the project, RecyclingBoerse, Asekol, Axion Consulting, Re-Tek, and Ecodom have now completed the collection stage of the trials, with significant amounts of devices such as smart phones, laptops and personnel computers collected.

The EU LIFE funded Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery project is investing in trials exploring novel ways of boosting the collection and recovery of critical raw materials (CRMs) from household waste electrical and electronic products (WEEE). Each year millions of tonnes of WEEE is generated in the EU, but only 30% is reported as properly collected and recycled. The Critical Raw Materials Closed Loop Recovery Project aims to increase the recovery of target CRMs by 5% by 2020 and by 20% by 2030.

Trials started in July 2016 and the remaining recovery trials will be completed in 2018, with policy and infrastructure recommendations to be developed shortly afterwards.

Held across the UK, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic, the collection mechanisms included retailer take-back schemes; reuse containers at household waste recycling centres, business collections, university drop-off hubs, school collections and other collection events.

The collection trials saw the trial partners working alongside some leading industry and academic names such as; John Lewis, British Heart Foundation, Enscape, Dixons Carphone, Enviropol, Fraunhofer IWKS and Institut für Materialprüfung Glörfeld GmbH, amongst others.

Materials collected are now being tested to recover Critical Raw Materials, with a full evaluation of the collected materials being undertaken to demonstrate reuse potential and amount that is recovered from different methods used.

With a focus on the recovery of cobalt, antimony, graphite, tantalum, rare earth elements, gold, silver, platinum group metals and copper, the trials will study the potential for range of techniques from manual and chemical dismantling to electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, to increase recovery of Critical Raw Materials.

The collection and recovery trials were the first stage in the €2.1m, three-and-a-half-year project, which is supported by the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union, Innovate UK, the Welsh Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and led by WRAP. The outputs from the trials will inform policy recommendation throughout the EU.

Integrating the Supply Chain for the Recovery of Critical Raw Materials from WEEE Event: Presentations and Photographs

On Thursday 15th June, the Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery Project held a conference and exhibition in Manchester, entitled Integrating the Supply Chain for the Recovery of Critical Raw Materials from WEEE.

 

The event was attended by over 80 delegates and featured 10 exhibitors.

 

Aimed at assessing the barriers to improved recovery and recycling of CRMs throughout the whole supply chain from the logistics of collection to advanced recovery techniques, the event featured a range of speakers including those from:
  • WRAP
  • DHL UK
  • Waste Services North Lincolnshire Council
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Tetronics
  • REPIC
  • Ecodom
  • Enscape
  • TUHH
  • Axion
  • European Commission
  • Asekol
Following the conference delegates had the opportunity to visit Axion’s recycling facilities.

 

We would like to thank all the delegates, exhibitors and speakers that attended as well as Axion for the opportunity to visit their trial site.

 

Presentations and images from the event are available here.

 

 
 
If you would like to sign up for more CRM Recovery project news please click here.

Integrating the Supply Chain for the Recovery of Critical Raw Materials from WEEE Event: Full Agenda Announced

Held on Thursday 15th June in Manchester, UK, the full agenda for the conference has now been announced.

This conference aims to assess the barriers to improved recovery and recycling of CRMs throughout the whole supply chain from the logistics of collection to advanced recovery techniques.

Speakers from;

WRAP
DHL UK
Waste Services North Lincolnshire Council
British Heart Foundation
Tetronics
REPIC
Ecodom
Enscape
TUHH
Axion
European Commission
Asekol

Presentations and panel discussions will provide a key opportunity to discuss the importance of integrating the whole life cycle of reuse and recovery to achieve long term sustainable solutions to the issue of recovery of critical materials from end-of-life products.

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Integrating the Supply Chain for the Recovery of Critical Raw Materials from WEEE Event Announced

The Conference will be held on Thursday 15th June in Manchester, UK, and will include presentations and panel discussions from industry and academic experts.  Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit Axion’s recycling facilities on the 15th June.

 

Topics to be discussed;

  • Importance of an Integrated Materials Recovery Sector
  • The availability of CRMs in Secondary Raw Materials
  • How can manufacturers support the recovery of CRMs in product design
  • Optimisation of the logistics of collection
  • Extending the life of products to minimise need for new virgin CRMs
  • Advances in the recovery of CRMs

 

Who should attend?

This conference aims to assess the barriers to improved recovery and recycling of CRMs throughout the whole supply chain from the logistics of collection to advanced recovery techniques.  The conference will be of interest to those responsible for the commissioning and delivery of recycling and waste collections, sustainability managers and experts in multiple industry sectors, and researchers offering advanced recovery options for end of life products.  The presentations and panel discussions will provide a key opportunity to discuss the importance of integrating the whole life cycle of reuse and recovery to achieve long term sustainable solutions to the issue of recovery of critical materials from end-of-life products.

 

The CRM Recovery project team are organising the event.  It is EU LIFE funded and attendance to the conference is free.

The event will also have space for a limited number of free exhibition stands.  If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact criticalrawmaterialrecovery@wrap.org.uk

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