CloseWEEE: Joint EU Research Project Halftime

More than 3 million tones of waste from electric and electronic products are collected in EU25 every year, and it is expected to grow significantly by upcoming mandatory collection and recycling targets. They contain enormous tonnages of secondary raw materials, which are depending on recycling technology applied recovered partly at low efficiency. In many cases industrial metals and critical materials are irrecoverable and dissipatively lost. Therefore, CloseWEEE has gathered a competent consortium from 7 EU countries to improve existing technologies and procedures. CloseWEEE is aiming at the following main topics:

increase the recovery yield of WEEE-plastics (PC-ABS and PPE-PS) up to 80%
povide high quality plastics and integrate up to 20% in virgin fractions
recover up to 80% of BFR (Brominated Flame Retardants) and Antimony
improve significantly the recovery yield of Li-Ion battery materials, specifically premium quality graphite, cobalt, nickel and copper

The consortia consists of private or public research institutes, namely Fraunhofer IZM, Fraunhofer IVV, Tecnalia, Gaiker, Exergy and Vertech as well; Plastic related productive companies: Sitraplas, Argus and TPVision; information platform provider IFixit and recycling companies Demontagezentrum Wien and Coolrec. Accurec is the committed battery recycling partner and responsible for the improvement of the Li-Ion battery recycling technique. During 2017 and 2018 Accurec will perform a lab scale thermal treatment process based on microwave technology.