Neodymium is on the EU’s critical list of materials. It is found in magnets used in hard disk drives which last 10,000 years and yet we are throwing them away as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) through PC and laptop disposal.
The market for neodymium magnets is growing not only in computing but also automotive and renewable industries. Working with partners at Loughborgh University and S2S recovery specialists, Useful Projects are undertaking a feasibility study for the reprocessing of neodymium as part of the TSB’s ‘New Designs for a Circular Economy’ feasibility competition.
Watch our short video where Judith Sykes and Mark Shayler discuss neodymium recovery: