Ecocycle acquires AI-powered mercury-safe technology

Mercury recovery and recycling company Ecocyle has acquired the first automated ‘mercury-safe’ flat screen recycling machine from Irish firm FPD Recycling.

According to an Ecocycle statement, the FDP PRO is a fully automated recycling system that can safely and efficiently recycle flat panel displays, including televisions, monitors and laptops.

“Driven by artificial intelligence technology, the FDP PRO has fixed operation costs and transforms the recycling of flat panels into a more profitable business, while providing environmental and economic benefits,” the statement reads.

“It can depollute up to 60 displays in an hour and features a state-of-the-art filtration system to protect workers from exposure to mercury, lead and other hazardous materials.”

The new technology enables process speeds of up to 1.2 tonnes per hour and recovery rates of more than 80 per cent.

“The arrival of this new recycling technology comes amid Australia’s worsening electronic waste problem,” the statement reads.

To tackle the accelerating waste stream, Victoria introduced a ban on e-waste to landfill earlier this year, while South Australia is strengthening preexisting e-waste laws.

“As e-waste regulations tighten across the country, Ecocycle is ready to take on increased levels of e-waste with the help of its new and existing technologies,” the statement reads.

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