Recycling Lives hosts event for product design specialists

Recycling Lives hosted an event last week to raise awareness of a competition offering up to £1.25 million to eco-savvy technologists.

The team at the Recycling Lives Centre welcomed some of the leading names in the environmental sector to the ‘Resource efficiency: New Designs for a Circular Economy’ event, where they were treated to a morning of informative workshops and networking opportunities in the company’s Michael Sullivan Suite. The event is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the Technology Strategy Board’s ‘Resource Efficiency: New Designs for a Circular Economy’ competition, and was organised as a collaboration between the Materials Security Special Interest group and the Great Recovery project, an initiative by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

The Technology Strategy Board is set to invest up to £1.25 million – funded by Defra – to support feasibility studies into the re-design of products, components and systems that will help to keep material in the economy over several cycles of use, “closing the loop” and contributing to a resource efficient and low-carbon economy, as well as reducing costs and supply risks, and generating value.

During last week’s event, Recycling Lives Legal and Compliance Director, Paul Finnerty, was invited to give a presentation on Recycling Lives’ unique approach to the disassembly and recycling of modern flat-screen televisions – a problematic process due to the complexity of flat screen units and the presence of hazardous mercury content in the backlights.

Recycling Lives, a leader in the recycling and waste management sector, operates a range of closed-loop recycling solutions and has used its expertise in other areas of recycling to develop England’s first Flat Panel Display unit processing centre – a project three years and £250,000 in the making.

As a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, Recycling Lives invests significant time and resources on equipment and processes that allow it to process more materials than ever before while keeping landfill rates at a minimum; the company supports any innovation that will help to make environmentally responsible disposal methods a consideration when developing products.

Speaking about the event, Paul commented:

“We were pleased and proud to welcome the ‘Resource Efficiency: New Designs for a Circular Economy’ delegates to the Recycling Lives Centre last week. The event covered some fascinating topics and provided an excellent medium for us to demonstrate the level of expertise that Recycling Lives has achieved in the field of closed-loop recycling.

“When we were asked to host the event, it was precisely because Recycling Lives has become a leader in environmental innovation. We are sure that the Resource Efficiency competition will encourage some ground-breaking ideas, and we look forward to hearing more about them.”

The event at Recycling Lives was attended by delegates from the Technology Strategy Board, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Environmental Sustainability KTN, Chemistry Innovation, Home Product Design, the Centre for Waste Management, Inventya, Ceram, Ferroday, G4S, Global Renewables Lancashire, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Kingston University, Lancaster University, Pebble International, Repic and UCLan.

Registration for the Resource Efficiency: New Designs for a Circular Economy competition closes on the 12th December. More information on the competition can be found at