Recycling of End-of-Life Products (RecEOL)

Recycling of End-of-Life Products (RecEOL)

Researcher Name: Dr Maria de Sousa Gallagher


Telephone number: 021 4903594

Funding Body:  ERA-MIN2, Geological Society Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency Ireland.

Period: 01 May 2018 to 30 April 2021


Project description:

RecEOL provides evidence that a patented recycling process for waste printed circuit board (PCB), LCDs, batteries and automobile shredder residue (ASR) is economically viable and environmentally sustainable. The project brings together industry and academia to solve the challenges of recycling above wastes while realising the business opportunities in recycling.

PCBs are part of the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) stream; one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU. The best way to increase the recycling rate will be to offer a highly profitable process to provide a financial incentive. PCBs are present in most electronic equipment such as televisions, computers or mobile phones. Hence RecEOL has global potential.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork