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DIF Podcast A Second Life For Critical Raw Materials

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  • Carl Nichols, Bettina Gilbert, Norah Lewis, Charlotte Budd, Sven Grieger

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Citizens across the EU are often unaware of how to correctly deposit their unwanted electrical items. Many are also reluctant to hand over their data-bearing devices due to data security concerns, so that many items suitable for re-use are likely to be hoarded at home. Consequently, although certain valuable materials are recovered in the recycling of waste electronic equipment (e.g. aluminium, copper), many “critical raw materials” (CRMs) are not, and are lost from the system forever. This podcast session considers how public involvement can support, enhance and potentially revolutionise the collection and recovery of critical raw materials from WEEE".


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Carl Nichols

Carl Nichols

Head of WRAP Cymru

Carl joined circular economy experts WRAP in 2004 and held several senior roles before being appointed Head of WRAP Cymru in April 2014. He is responsible for developing and delivering WRAP’s ambitious multi-million pound work programme in Wales, managing the relationship with the Welsh Government and leading the WRAP Cymru team. His extensive leadership experience includes management positions at Royal Mail, RAC and Severn Trent Water, and as an interim manager working with high profile multi-nationals. Carl holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Newcastle.

Bettina Gilbert

Bettina Gilbert

Programme Manager – Organisational Behaviour Change, WRAP

Bettina leads WRAP Cymru’s work on Organisational Behaviour Change. Bettina’s work at WRAP has included managing several successful resource efficiency programmes for businesses, such as the £14m ERDF-funded ARID grant scheme and the Welsh Government’s Resource Efficient Wales business support programme. Bettina has over 15 years’ experience managing business support projects in Wales, including the £27m ERDF-funded Local Investment Fund for Welsh SMEs. With a background in market research and knowledge management, Bettina has also delivered research services in the UK and America for numerous industry sectors and the public sector.

Norah Lewis

Norah Lewis

Technical Specialist, WRAP

Norah is the lead electricals Technical Specialist for WRAP Global, specialising in resource-efficient business models and circular product design. She works with numerous organisations to ensure they remain resilient in a volatile and uncertain landscape, address real challenges and create substantial changes in the way circular economy business models are adopted. Norah has contributed to major reports for WRAP, including the latest UK WEEE Guides for Producers and Retailers. She is the technical lead for the EU Life funded CRM Project, which aims to find new and innovative technologies that increase the recovery of critical raw materials from electrical waste.

Charlotte Budd

Charlotte Budd

Regional Account Manager for ERP UK & ERP Ireland

Charlotte manages local operations, supply chains, customer service and relationships with local authorities, retailers and regulators in both Northern Ireland and Ireland. In 2014, Charlotte became a full member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, and as of 2017 was elected to CIWM’s Northern Ireland Centre Council. In 2015, ERP UK became a partner in the Critical Raw Materials Recovery project, in which Charlotte is a Trials Manager. An experienced and qualified auditor, Charlotte also participates as a stakeholder for various project and steering committees.

Sven Grieger

Sven Grieger

Manager WEEE Services, European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN)

Sven Grieger has been developing take-back and recycling solutions for electrical and electronic appliances for more than 20 years. He held managerial positions in different industries such as consultancy, consumer electronics, waste management and recycling as well as applied research. Since 2014, he is responsible for WEEE services at EARN and business development as well as project management at the German research organisation Fraunhofer. His background is mechanical engineering and did his PhD on integrating Design for Recycling aspects into the product development process.

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