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Trial Host: Axion

Trial Partners: Dixons Carphone, British Heart Foundation, John Lewis, E3 Recycling, ITRI, TOMRA

Target Products: ICT and consumer electronics – specifically targeting data bearing devices

Target CRMs: Cobalt, Antimony, Tantalum, Rare Earth Metals, Platinum Group Metals, Gold, Silver, (Tin and Copper – not CRMs)

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Collection Activity 1 – Charity electricals takeback at British Heart Foundation Stores

When: Nov 2016 – Apr 2017

Where: Greater Manchester – Sale, Salford, Cheetham Hill, Harpurhey (UK)

What: In-store collection of electricals for re-use and recycling. Electricals that are suitable for re-use are sold via the British Heart Foundation eBay site. Items not suitable for re-use are dismantled by E3 Recycling, and the printed circuit boards (PCBs) extracted for the recovery trial. The collections campaign is supported by communications and surveying.

 

Collection Activity 2 – Retail electricals takeback at Dixons Carphone Stores

When: Feb 2017 – Jun 2017

Where: Greater Manchester – Stockport, White City, Cheetham Hill, Bolton (UK)

What: In-store collection of unwanted electricals for re-use and recycling. Electricals are assessed for re-use by E3 recycling. Any items not suitable for re-use are dismantled and the PCBs extracted for the recovery trial. The collections campaign is supported by communications and surveying.

 

Collection Activity 3 – incentivised electricals takeback at John Lewis Stores

When: Jun 2017 – Aug – 2017

Where: York and Leeds (UK)

What: In-store collection of unwanted electricals for re-use and recycling. Customers are offered the incentive of free data wiping (usually £30). This trial has partnered with the British Heart Foundation for the selling on or re-usable electricals. Any items not suitable for re-use are dismantled and the PCBs extracted for the recovery trial. The collections campaign is supported by communications and surveying.

 

 

Recovery Activity – Component extraction from printed circuit boards

When: May 2017 – Feb 2018

Where: Manchester (UK) and Mülheim-Kärlich (Germany)

What: Proof of concept, laboratory scale trial. De-soldering of PCBs to remove whole components and harvest the tin from the solder. The individual components are then sorted into different groups based on a range of scenarios (e.g. rich in particular CRMs, maximising material purity or recovery). The sorting takes place at the TOMRA test facility in Germany. The fractions will then be chemical analysed for CRM content.