Tender open for European collection and recovery trials of critical raw materials from electrical waste

A maximum of €90,000 is being invested in trials to identify the link between the methods of collection and the successful recovery of critical raw materials from everyday household waste electrical and electronic products.

These trials aim to challenge current WEEE collection mechanisms and test opportunities for increased recovery of target materials graphite, cobalt, antimony, tantalum, rare earths, silver, gold and platinum group metals.

The tender is open now and the trials will focus on the collection of display, ICT, consumer electronics and small household appliances as these are rich in the target materials for recovery.

Proposals are sought from industry stakeholders with expertise in the collection and recovery of WEEE and the drive to challenge current thinking. Suppliers are encouraged to demonstrate the entire collection, re-use and recovery cycle within their tenders. Collection trials must be delivered either in the Czech Republic or Slovakia, and the recovery trials must happen in an EU member state. Bids from single entities or consortia are equally encouraged.

Similar trials are currently operating in the UK and Italy and are a great chance to gain knowledge and to push innovation to improve the collection rates and increase the amount of recovered critical raw materials in Europe. They will allow us to assess whether we can get more value from the WEEE that is collected and treated across Europe and explore further opportunities for improving the collection of end-of-life products.

The closing date for applications is Monday the 16th January 2017. Full details can be found on our tenders page.