Scrap Beat

by Scrap Magazine | Sep 01, 2020

REMADE Allocating $35 Million for Recycling Innovation

The REMADE Institute (West Henrietta, N.Y.) has announced a request for proposals for research and development technologies that will help U.S. manufacturers better recycle, reuse, recover, and remanufacture plastics, metals, end-of-life electronics, and fiber.

REMADE will award up to $35 million for these projects, with project participants required to match that funding for up to $70 million in total investment, the institute says.

REMADE, which stands for Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions, is a network of government, academic, and private-sector partners, including ISRI. It’s part of the Manufacturing USA initiative to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy. The RFP solicits proposals for projects in two categories: “transformational” R&D projects that use technological innovation to transform the recycling and remanufacturing industries, and “traditional” R&D projects that develop tools and technologies in line with REMADE’s research priorities, it says. Applicants must send a letter of intent and project abstract by Sept. 14.

The funding comes from the Energy Department’s Plastics Innovation Challenge, which is meant to accelerate innovations in plastics recycling technologies and reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in oceans and landfills, REMADE says. 

The REMADE Institute previously selected nine other R&D projects that are receiving a total of $6 million in funding. These include

  • A project to more effectively sort and clean secondary plastics; 
  • An in-depth education and training program for fiber recycling; 
  • Development of new technologies for removing contaminants from recycled paper to less than 0.5%;
  • Technology to separate multiple types of metal from electronic scrap such as circuit boards using methods that are more economically and environmentally friendly;
  • A machine-learning program meant to assess damaged metal-alloy components and provide an estimate of the cost to remanufacture the component;
  • A low-heat technology to improve the weld repair process for cast iron;
  • A process to improve extraction of high-purity precious metals from end-of-life printed circuit boards;
  • A software plug-in to help design vehicle components that are better-suited for remanufacturability while still meeting Environmental Protection Agency standards for lightweighting; and
  • Development of models and design tools that can generate and compare designs for recycling, reuse, remanufacturing, and recovery alternatives that take into account both economic profitability and environmental impact savings.