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Low Grade Electronic Waste Metal and Plastics Recycling Process (ANL-IN-08-027 & ANL-PB-11-156)

Process and apparatus for mixed solid separations, including the separation of metal from plastic and metal from metal.
Intellectual Property Available to License
US Patent 7,954,642
  • PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING SOLID MIXTURES (ANL-IN-08-027)

Technology

Argonne’s full-scale mixed solid separation module. Available for collaborative demonstration projects. IP package includes a granted US patent and a set of copyrighted engineering manuals.

Opportunity & Solution

Electrical and electronic waste (E-waste) is a fast-growing segment of the global solid waste stream. Recycled materials such as metals, plastic and glass formed the largest market share. This technology has been demonstrated to significantly decrease contamination of low-grade E-waste plastic and metal recycling fractions.

Benefits

▪ Provides new opportunities to increase E-waste value

▪ Low cost

▪ Easy to operate

▪ Modular design (basic sink/float; kinetic separation; froth flotation)