A Second LIFE for Critical Raw Materials

Date: 20th February, 2019

Location: London, UK




An interactive, innovative and informative programme has been designed to both celebrate the successes of the CRM Recovery project and to discuss the way forward towards increased Critical Raw Material (CRM) recovery targets.

Themes include:

  • How do we increase the collection and recovery of CRMs from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)?
  • How are businesses, funding bodies and research organisations approaching these challenges across Europe?
  • How do we work together to establish an effective supply chain?


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.

The event booklet is available to view and download here.

The presentations from the event are now available to view and download below.

Welcome & Opening: Setting the scene for the day and providing the context for the Conference.

Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP Cymru. Conference Host.
Julie Hill, Chair, WRAP.

Collect More, Collect Better: Presentations from CRM Recovery projects trial partners across Europe who have developed innovative methods to collect WEEE and recover CRMs.

Mick Claes, Associate Consultant, Axion Recycling (UK).
Petr Smutny, R&D Centre Manager, ASEKOL (Czech Republic).
Luca Campadello, Projects & Research Manager, Ecodom (Italy).
Dr. Sven Grieger, Manager WEEE Services, EARN (Germany).
Professor Andrew Hursthouse, Assistant Dean (Research & Enterprise), University of the West of Scotland (UK).

Impact & Policy: Presentations summarising project impacts and policy recommendations.

Dr. Henning Wilts, Director Division Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institute.
Peter Sainsbury, Economist, WRAP.
Norah Lewis, Technical Specialist, WRAP.


The Layman’s Report as released at the event is available here.