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.