LIFE 2014 – Critical Material Close Loop Recovery

  • Project no.350286
  • Duration 09/2015 - 03/2019

CRMRecovery explores commercial opportunities for harvesting critical raw materials and precious metals including gold, silver and platinum group metals, from everyday unwanted electronic products. It will test what must be done by public and private sector interests to achieve the triple objectives of meeting the revised Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2012/19/EU and implementing the EU "Roadmap to a resource efficient Europe", as well as the key deliverables from the EU Raw Materials Initiative. In order to point out new collection and treatment systems targeting maximised concentration and recovery of CRMs, current methods and processes will be reviewed and new material flow models will be developed. The project will link collection methods to how the material components of these products can be efficiently dismantled, recovered and returned to the market. Findings will be fed back to the European Commission in the form of policy recommendations and proposals for infrastructure development for the cost effective recovery of these precious and critical raw materials.

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