Policy and Infrastructure Reports Published

Using the trials data and evaluation work from the four trial countries the CRM Recovery project has produced a set of Policy and Infrastructure Recommendations reports. They describe the interventions and options to help replicate the outcomes of the WEEE collection and CRM recovery trials across Europe.

They can be found by following the links below:

Pan-European Policy Recommendations

Pan-European Infrastructure Development

 

A Second LIFE for Critical Raw Materials: Webinar, 19th March

The Critical Raw Material Recovery Project hosted a webinar on the 19th March exploring the recovery of critical raw material from WEEE.

The one hour webinar looked at how businesses, funding bodies and research organisations are approaching the challenges faced to improve the recovery of critical raw materials (CRMs) from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

The EU LIFE funded Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery project invested in trials exploring novel ways of boosting the collection and recovery of CRMs from household WEEE. Each year millions of tonnes of WEEE is generated in the EU, but only 30% is reported as properly collected and recycled.

Recommendations have been informed by the activity delivered by the CRM Recovery project that has, with the support of the European Union through the LIFE Programme, supported collaboration and innovation in regional trials across the UK, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Watch the webinar below.

You can download the webinar slides here.

Resources and answers to Q&A questions will be shared here shortly.

Five point plan to keep electrical equipment out of landfill: CRM Recovery Layman’s Report Released

Delegates from across Europe are in London today (20 February 2019) to celebrate the success of the EU Life-funded Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery  project and launch the project’s Layman’s Report, which sets out five policy recommendations to increase the recovery of target critical raw materials (CRMs):

  • Redesign and harmonise waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) collection infrastructure
  • Increase awareness amongst citizens and businesses
  • Create incentives for collection and recycling organisations
  • Continue innovation and research on CRM recovery and foster international collaboration
  • Introduce CRM-specific requirements into standards

The report also found that having more information available about where to take old equipment, convenience, altruism, trust and a human connection are also important factors in encouraging more people to recycle or re-use electronic or electrical equipment.

Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP Cymru, said “For both economic and environmental reasons, we must address the high risk associated with the supply of critical raw materials, which is of growing concern to businesses and governments. This project has provided important insights that will help to achieve this.

“The Layman’s Report provides clear policy and infrastructure recommendations to optimize waste electrical and electronic equipment collections and maximise critical raw material recovery. I am excited about the profound impact their implementation could have on the electronics industry and the wider economy, both here in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.”

 

Download the Layman’s report here.

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.

Understanding how (W)EEE Flows Across Europe: Model Completed

The Critical Raw Material Recovery project is pleased to announce reaching an important milestone with the completion of a high level European WEEE flows model.

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The model was developed to support the Critical Raw Material Recovery project in identifying suitable locations for infrastructure development opportunities and to support the development of policy recommendations.

The key objectives of the European (W)EEE flows model project were to:

  • Develop a European WEEE flows model using currently available, country specific, models and data,
  • Enable model interrogation on a country level,
  • Establish a complete dataset using extrapolation and estimation to fill gaps where necessary,
  • Facilitate identification of intervention points for increased collection of WEEE and new collection and recovery infrastructure.

The model developed covers all 28 EU countries and uses two key datasets: EC “Study on Collection Rates of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)” and Eurostat, with a methodology able to fill any data gaps resulting in a comprehensive model.

The model allows data interrogation by a number of “flow points”, e.g. waste collected, re-used or recycled, for a range of product categories at an individual country level or across the whole EU. It also allows comparisons of tonnage of WEEE at different flow points across the whole WEEE journey.

The development of the model was managed by WRAP and delivered by Valpak Consulting.

Going forward, the project will use the model, in combination with data generated from ongoing WEEE collection and recovery trials, to build an European WEEE infrastructure plan and policy recommendations.

Please contact criticalrawmaterialrecovery@wrap.org.uk with any queries.

CRM Recovery Awarded Raw Material Commitment Status by European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials

The Critical Raw Material Recovery Project has recently been awarded Raw Material Commitment status by the European Innovation Partnership (EIP), joining 122 other projects from more than 50 different countries.

Playing a central role in the EU’s raw materials policy framework the EIP on Raw Materials brings together representatives from industry, public services, academia and NGOs. With an aim to help raise industry’s contribution to the EU GDP to around 20% by 2020, the EIP’s commitments are essential to achieve the objectives set out in the EIP’s Strategic Implementation Plan. These joint undertakings by several partners commit to carry out activities that will contribute to the EIP’s actions and targets, delivering tangible results such as innovative actions or pilots, strategic documents or knowledge sharing activities.

Over the coming months the Critical Raw Material Recovery Project will be looking to grow the Raw Material Commitment partnership and welcomes any expressions of interest to join the project network.

For a full list of the recognised Raw Materials Commitments, click here.