Read the latest news from the Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery Project

Posted on: 29/06/2018

The CRM Recovery project have released their latest newsletter featuring two case studies from the recently completed collection trials.

Each year millions of tonnes of waste electrical and electronic products (WEEE) is generated in the EU, but only 30% is reported as properly collected and recycled. The Critical Raw Materials Closed Loop Recovery Project aims to increase the recovery of target CRMs by 5% by 2020 and by 20% by 2030.

With this in mind the project has invested in trials exploring novel ways of boosting the collection and recovery of critical raw materials (CRMs) from household WEEE.

Held across the UK, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic, the collection trials mechanisms included retailer take-back schemes; reuse containers at household waste recycling centres, business collections, university drop-off hubs, school collections and other collection events.

The latest CRM Recovery newsletter which can be viewed here, features two case studies from the recently completed collection trials of Axion and Recycling Borse as well as a summary of the project’s attendance at the “Availability of raw materials from secondary sources”, event that was part of the UNECE Resource Management Week in Geneva on 23-27 April 2018.

The project is set to shortly release details about their forthcoming conference set to be held in early 2019 and centred around reuse and recycling of electrical products to facilitate the increase of critical raw materials recovered. Sign up to the newsletter, or follow the project on Twitter and LinkedIn to be the first to be notified.


KTN participates in a number European projects spanning a broad range of funding schemes including FP7, Horizon 2020, Life and ERDF. An overview of KTN EU projects can be found here.

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