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We are just at the heart of the project and interesting results are ready to be shared with you! Learn what's new and what's to come about our groundbreaking technologies and the promising RIC platform. Don't forget to keep connected to CloseWEEE...

What's New?

Over 1000 end-life device instructions are already available in the RIC Platform 
Improving the information flow for EEE producers and recyclers
In the previous newsletter, we introduced the Recyclers Information Center (RIC), an online platform intended to improve the flow of information to recyclers. This platform has been further developed over the last six months.
After the testing phase, a workshop was held at the DRZ in Vienna on September 30th to present the platform to representatives from the recycling and reuse industries, as well as from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Several use cases were illustrated in the context of DRZ's activities preparing WEEE for reuse or pre-processing it for recycling. The attendees provided useful feedback on potential applications of the platform.

In the meantime, the content of the platform has also been expanded. The project partners iFixit, DRZ and Fraunhofer IZM have contributed both generic (per category of product) and product-specific (per model or type) information for hundreds of products. They have also contributed valid information on treatment options for various fractions extracted from WEEE.
We are also delighted to announce the cooperation of a first major producer of electronic appliances. Hewlett-Packard (HP) have made over 1000 documents containing end-of-life treatment instructions for desktop and mobile computers, scanners and printers available, covering almost the full portfolio of such products released over the last five years. All of these documents are now readily available in the Recyclers Information Center.

Talks are now ongoing with various producers' and recyclers' organizations to define each party's needs more accurately with the aim to promote the Recyclers Information Center as a solution for fulfilling the requirements of art. 15 of the WEEE directive (2012/19/EU), and generally facilitating an optimal flow of information between producers and WEEE treatment operators to ensure safe and efficient reuse, recovery of components and recycling.

The Recyclers Information Center is not open to the general public, but access to the platform is free for all relevant stakeholders. All interested parties are kindly invited to request an account through the platform webpage.  For more information, please contact thomas.opsomer@ifixit.com.
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Innovative microwave treatment is being tested in Li-ion battery recycling
Accurec has taken a step forward on the development of an innovative recycling process chain for Li-ion battery waste to optimize the recovery rate of critical metals and minerals (Co, Li, Cu and graphite). For the first time, microwave technology is being tested to treat waste batteries. The preliminary test proved that the microwave technology can evaporate the battery's electrolytes efficiently, producing electrolyte-free materials for future hydro-treatment steps. Further tests of the recycling process are now under progress. 
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A step closer to safer Bromine-Free Plastics
Bromine is a hazardous chemical compound frequently found in flame retardants which are used in electrical and electronic devices, etc. One of the main challenges of the WEEE plastic recycling is obtaining Bromine-free plastic fractions. Within the CloseWEEE project, some identification/sorting technologies have been evaluated with the aim of assessing the effectiveness in the detection stage. Although these activities are still in progress, there have been promising conclusions made.

The conclusions were presented at the Electronics Goes Green Conference held in September 20016 in Berlin. Click on the button below to see the poster and learn more.
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 Closing the loop for PC/ABS from housing polymers coming from WEEE
WEEE contains a series many of valuable materials and substances and some of them are currently not recycled properly. The Fraunhofer IVV aims to close the loop for PC/ABS from housing polymers coming from these streams.
Martin Schlummer presented the state of the work at the Conference Electronic Goes Green 2016 in Berlin. The results show that the solvent-based CreaSolv® Process can be applied to selectively dissolve PC/ABS from mixed WEEE plastics fractions. After separation of non-target materials pure PC/ABS is recovered from the polymer solution whereas the solvent is recycled within the process. Read the papers by clicking the buttons below.
Recovery of PC/ABS from WEEE Plastic Shred by CreaSolv® Process
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Recovery of bromine and antimony from WEEE plastics
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What's to come?
Workshop: Latest Development in Sorting and Separation Technologies for WEEE Plastics, Spain April 25th
Engage with this interesting workshop celebrated at GAIKER's facilities in Zamudio village close to the beautiful city of Bilbao, Spain. International speakers and experts in the topic from Fraunhofer IZM, Fraunhofer IVV, COOLREC, GAIKER, TOMRA, and PHILIPS will present and create a discussion towards the latest developments in:
  • Separation and sorting technologies
  • Technologies for polymer sorting applied to WEEE
  • Technologies for sorting brominated flame retardant (BrFR) containing and BrFR-free plastics from WEEE
  • Added-value applications for recycled materials
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Next CloseWEEE meeting in Bilbao (Spain) April 25-27th
At the next General Assembly, we will review the progress of the project, introduce Philips as a new consortium partner (end-user validation) and two technical tours will be given across the facilities of Gaiker and Tecnalia. 
The Recycling and Waste (RAW) Conference May 31st
Want to keep connected with the world of recycling and waste? Take a look at the Recycling and Waste Management Conference where leading experts will discuss the impact of Brexit and changes in legislation on the renewable materials sector. 
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WEEE News

Electronics Goes Green
"A truly immersive experience for the almost 400 delegates participating'' 
The 5th Electronics Goes Green Conference was developed in Berlin in early September, where Gergana Dimitrova from Fraunhofer IZM was part of the local coordination. Several consortium members presented their activities and results throughout the project, among 193 presentations in 50 sessions with speakers from various companies including Fraunhofer IVV, DRZ Wien, iFixit and Gaiker
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 641747
Read the full CloseWEEE 1st Periodic Report at the Cordis Webpage 
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