Eco Recycling is a spin-off company created in 2008 by University researchers, and two SMEs involved in recycling and treatment of industrial wastes. The initial aim of this spin-off addressed the technology transfer of a new patent developed to recycle alkaline spent batteries . This activity was then extended to the valorization of other wastes such as spent catalysts, WEEE and other spent batteries. A multipurpose first pilot plant was then built in Northern Italy.
Based on Pilot activities an industrial plant with large potentiality ( 4000 t/y ) has been designed by Ecorecycling and the plant is now operating at S.E.Val s.r.l. (LC ). Successively a new mobile pilot plant was built to recover metals from wastes.
ECO RECYCLING is now involved in the design of two demonstrative plant finalized also to the recovery of rare earths from fluorescent powders from lamps.
MISSION AND ACTIVITIES:
Development of innovative processes, process and plant design, assistance for start up, management and personnel training, chemical analysis for environmental control and process optimization. EcoRecycling is member of the consortium "VALORAE” interested in developing processes to recover metals from waste and tailings. The new company is now present in Romania with a branch office.
PROJECTS AND FINANCING
“Green Batteries” Project financed by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education): hydrometallurgical process to separate zinc and manganese from spent alkaline batteries (EP 1684369 A1 20060726).
“HydroWEEE” and “HydroWEEE Demo” Projects financed by the FP7: innovative HYDROmetallurgical processes and demonstration project to recover metals from WEEE including lamps and batteries (EP 2450991A1).
“Photorec” financed by “Regione Lazio”: development of a recycling process for photovoltaic panels.
“NANOHYDRO” national project financed by Filas: process to produce metals nanoparticles using leaching solution from WEEE hydrometallurgical treatments