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A bright idea for recycling rare-earth phosphors from used fluorescent bulbs

Recycling facilities collect glass and mercury from thrown away fluorescent bulbs, but discarded lighting could also supply rare-earth metals for reuse. The 17 metals...

Experts welcome the new WEEE consultation

Measures that will make it easier to recycle and reuse electrical goods appear in the government's WEEE consultation, launched on 28 December 2023. The...

Upcycling of materials should be the priority for EV batteries

Researchers have demonstrated a method to upcycle end-of-life battery waste into materials that can be used for ‘next generation’ battery cathodes. And the group...

China is leading the race to recycle batteries

China is ahead of Europe and the US in using recycling to meet its needs for lithium, cobalt and nickel for batteries for electric...

Reuse hub for lighting launches

Lighting and circularity expert Recolight has launched the Recolight Reuse Hub, described as a new digital marketplace for lighting: an online platform to facilitate...

EU project aims to play leading role in addressing e-waste

An EU project is attempting to lead the European electronics industry towards more sustainable materials, design, manufacturing methods, and improved circularity and energy efficiency,...

What you should (and shouldn’t) do with all of your old phone chargers and...

By Ian Williams, Professor of Applied Environmental Science, University of Southampton, writing in The Conversation. The statistics surrounding mobile phones are staggering. There are more...

Urgent need to increase awareness of e-waste amongst young people, says new report

A new campaign calls for multi-sector collaboration to tackle the e-waste crisis and drive behaviour change amongst young people. New research published on 12 October...

Partnership aims to create circular supply chain for wind turbine rare earth magnets

As the first generation of the UK’s wind turbines come to the end of their serviceable life, a project called “Re-Rewind” aims to help...

£6.6m invested in the UK’s supply of critical materials for magnets

The UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, has announced a £6.6m investment in research projects which aim to help build a stronger supply chain of...

Government support called for as single-use vape disposal quadruples to over 5 million per...

The number of disposable single-use vapes thrown away has soared from 1.3 million to nearly 5 million per week, according to new research from...

“Put yourself at the forefront of the sustainable lighting revolution”: September event

Circular economy and lighting expert Recolight trails a forthcoming event that aims to equip participants with an understanding of new regulations in the sustainability...

Deal will supply drives to the world’s largest battery recycling facility

A recycling site in Sweden will process 125,000 tons of end-of-life batteries and battery production waste each year, making it the largest plant of...

Cost-of-living crisis driving Scots to embrace share and repair projects

A new study commissioned by Scotland’s Share & Repair Network, a project of Circular Communities Scotland, seems to show that the cost-of-living crisis is...

“Stop Battery Fires” public safety film launched

Film aims to raise awareness of fires caused by batteries in the waste stream  An apparent growth in reports of fires caused by batteries and...

Figuring out the details: EV batteries and the circular economy

A circular economy for electric vehicle batteries appears to be still some way off, but metal recycling expert EMR claims to be making inroads,...

Sponsored content: The drive for resource efficient lighting

The lighting Industry is truly starting to embrace the concept of the circular economy and sustainability. This is happening now, and is no longer...

Lighting workshops will address quantifying sustainable resilience

A new series of workshops on how to calculate circular and carbon metrics for lighting products has been announced by circular lighting expert Recolight....

EV Battery health concerns are the biggest barrier to used-EV sales, says new report

Addressing barriers to the second-hand EV market could help encourage over 17 million UK drivers to make the switch to electric, according to study. The...

List presents safer chemicals for manufacturing IT products

  When it comes to chemicals used in the manufacture of IT products, very few have been studied for their impact on humans and the...