Archive for the ‘RECYCLING SCRAP’ Category

USA company begins recovering rare earths from old electronics

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

These old electronics may contain rare earths.image

U.S. Rare Earths Inc. (OTCBB: UREE) is ready to begin recovering the coveted elements from old electronics thanks to a new recycling technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI).

The novel method assists in the recycling, recovery and extraction process of rare earth minerals, used as ingredients in magnets, batteries, catalytic converters and high-tech products. It is also said to be the first commercially licensed technology developed through the CMI.

According to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the recycling of critical materials from electronic waste has been limited by processing technologies that were inefficient, costly and environmentally hazardous. But its membrane solvent extraction system is supposed to eliminate many of those difficulties.

U.S. Rare Earths says it will be applying the new extraction method at the Last Chance northern facility, from where it expects to retrieve up to 2,500 short tons of metallurgical sample material, believed to have high occurrences of rare earth mineralization.

The company also said it intends to separate REEs from its approximately 25,000 acres of mining claims in Idaho, Montana and Colorado.


Henry Sapiecha


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Oil and Gas Firm Enters

the U.S. Recycling Market

Oil and Gas Firm Matrixx Enters the U.S. Recycling Market18 April 2011

Matrixx Resource Holdings Inc., a specialist in oil and gas exploration and acquisition, has entered into an agreement in principle to form a Joint Venture (JV) partnership to trade and process plastic and metal resources.

To run concurrently with its oil and natural gas program, Matrixx has says that it has agreed to form a subsidiary in which the partnership will engage in the purchase, sale, and processing of plastic and metal commodities.

The Company plans to trade and recycle post-consumer polyethylene (PET) plastic bottles and HDPE bottle caps for sale to companies in the United States.

The partnership is working on developing a proprietary equipment design and process that it claims will eliminate the human element in the sorting process – thus creating a more cost effective system.

The company says that its long term objective is to build a state of the art recycling facility in the New York Metropolitan Area that will incorporate renewable energy sources and serve as an education centre. This plant would be FDA certified and able to further process the post-consumer plastics into high quality grades of resin for potential use in food and beverage containers as well as medical supplies.

Furthermore, the partnership says that it has identified and initiated discussions for the acquisition of certain processing facilities, as well as for purchase and sales contracts within and around Central and South America.

Included in this formula, the partnership plan provides for specific collection and sales contracts of specified tradable commodities, including plastic, brass, copper, aluminium, and other valuable tradable resources.

Under the terms of the agreement, Matrixx will retain a minority percentage between 25% and 50% of the newly formed subsidiary. Additionally, the agreement calls for Matrixx to have managerial control of the newly formed subsidiary thus allowing the company to maintain consolidated financials.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

EC Decision Unlocks

Scrap Metal Value

A Warm Welcome to End of Waste Criteria for Scrap MetalsEC Decision Unlocks Scrap Metal Value

The European Commission’s recent decision that scrap iron, steel and aluminium should be classified as a product and not as waste will release the industry from waste-related red tape, says Eric Johnson from EUROMETREC.

As representatives of the European scrap metals industry, the Federation of European non-ferrous metal collectors, processors and recyclers (EUROMETREC), and the Federation of European ferrous metal collectors, processors and recyclers (EFR) welcomes the recent publication of the definitive legal text determining end of waste criteria for aluminium as well as iron and steel scrap.

We especially welcome the legal recognition of the value added by scrap recycling facilities in processing aluminium, iron and steel scrap to the quality set by the end of waste criteria. This is a legal recognition we have wanted for 20 years.

These criteria will give scrap recyclers the importance they deserve in supplying raw materials to industry, and will make Article 6 of the European Parliament and Council Directive 2008/98/EC on waste operational.

It will now be possible for aluminium, iron and steel scrap meeting the criteria to be regarded as a product rather than a waste, improving the common perception of scrap operators while relieving the scrap industry from waste related red-tape – such as the Annex VII required by the Waste Shipments Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006.

Product status for aluminium, iron and steel scrap will indeed be achieved once the criteria set out in Council Regulation No 333/2011 have been met. In practice this will mean that in order to be classified as a product, waste (post-consumer) aluminium, iron and steel will be required to undergo a recovery operation, and meet the purity level set out in the regulation.

Each consignment will need to be linked to a statement of conformity and the seller will be required to have a quality management system in place. Furthermore, the scrap operator will need to provide safety information upon request for the scrap metal which has ceased to be waste.

End of waste for aluminium, iron and steel scrap comes at a crucial point for the creation of the European recycling society as it will undoubtedly promote a resource efficient Europe under the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

We are now expecting the end of waste criteria for scrap copper, waste paper and waste glass currently being reviewed by the EU Commission.

– Eric Johnson is the European affairs officer at EUROMETREC [European Non-Ferrous Collectors, Processors and Recyclers].

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha