Precious metals from WEEE, Europe allocates 2 million Euros

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Call for organizations and consortia to study innovative ways to increase recovery. Proposals by 7 April 2016.

Gold, silver and platinum. These are just three of the so-called critical raw materials – materials with a high economic value that present risks during extraction – which are hidden in electrical and electronic equipment and too often are not retrieved during the recycling process. This is why the European Commission decided to allocate more than 2 million Euros to find innovative systems for the collection and treatment of electronic waste, with studies in four countries: Italy, Great Britain, Germany and Turkey.

The initiative, which will start in June 2016 and will last two and a half years, is part of the Critical Raw Materials Closed Loop Recovery project. This project will allocate funds for studies demonstrating the existence of new innovative systems for the recycling of WEEE able to lead to a higher rate of recovery of critical raw materials. The goal is to achieve a 5% recovery rate by 2020 – the rate is currently as low as 1% – and 20% by 2030, for a value of 381 million euro.

In addition to gold, silver and platinum, it is necessary to recover graphite, cobalt, antimony, tantalum and rare earth elements. The studies will have to focus on the collection of displays, electronic devices, and small household appliances, that is all devices where these elements can be found. The proposals have to be delivered in Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Turkey by the 7th of April 2016.

The call is open to all organizations and consortia that have a proven experience in the collection and recycling of WEEE and are able to carry out projects in line with the European regulatory framework.

Here are all the deadlines:

  • March 18th, 2016, h 17:00: deadline to submit questions regarding the call for tenders
  • April 7th, 2016, h 23.55: deadline for the presentation of the proposal
  • May 13th, 2016: notification of final decisions
  • June 1st, 2016: start of works
  • June 1st, 2018: end of works

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