The efficient recycling of the next generation of Europe’s waste TVs in an efficient and environmentally friendly way took a big step forward with the launch of a European project at the University of Limerick. The Revolv project was launched at an event in Plassey House on Friday April 16th. It is co-ordinated by Votechnik which spun out from the Department of Design and Manufacturing Technology in 2011. The project is an EC eco-innovation action to pilot technology for automated liquid crystal display recycling based in Denmark. Partners in the project include DanWEEE (Denmark), WEEE Forum (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Forum, Belgium), as well as the University of Limerick.
Attending the launch were ten organisations from across Europe many of whom will be part of the advisor board. Participants included the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, KMK Metals, DELL, European Recycling Platform (Denmark), Asekol (Czech Republic), WEEE Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. Jonathan Derham, Head of Climate, Resource Use & Research Programme at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland welcoming the project launch, set out the opportunity provided by development of the recycling technology at the core of the ReVolv project "Electronic gadgets and equipment are full of very clever, scarce and therefore valuable materials. Short-cycle obsolescence is the norm for these products and it is clear that circularity in raw materials is the only sustainable option for manufacturers. Ireland and its EU partners must develop the technologies, seed the business opportunities, and harness the associated green jobs by reprocessing waste electronics or global competition will."
Votechnik CEO, Lisa O’Donoghue said “The project will bring together key stakeholders from across Europe and will allow for the upscaling and roll out of technology developed by the company to recyclers. It will allow them to release the greatest value from the waste TVs and still be fully environmentally compliant.” More information on the EC Eco-Innovation Action Plan can be found on the Commission website http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecoap/index_en.htm