Using a patented process, REEcycle recovers rare earth elements from electronic devices that have reached the end of their useful life.

 


The Problem

China controls over 90% of the world’s supply of these materials and continues to restrict exports to the rest of the world. This has allowed China to vertically integrate its rare earth industry making them the leading producer of NdFeB magnets alongside Japan.

There are no substitutes for Nd and Dy that can create the same efficiencies or performance.

The demand for Nd and Dy is expected to surpass the supply available from mining.

Mining REEs produces lakes of radioactive and toxic waste, causing devastation to the villages around these mines and presenting innumerable health concerns for the villagers working within these mines.


Opportunity

Making REE extraction profitable.
Although there are thousands of electronics recyclers in the U.S., none have a profitable method for extracting the highly valuable REEs contained in their scrap. The primary source of REEs in electronic scraps comes from the NdFeB magnets used in hard drives and audio speakers. Since electronics recyclers have no process for extracting the REEs from recycled magnets, they are shredded and sold as contaminated scrap metal. By purchasing these NdFeB magnets, REEcycle creates a new revenue stream for the electronic recyclers.  REEcycle processes the magnet and reclaims nearly all of the REEs locked inside. By increasing the supply of neodymium and dysprosium, REEcycle advances the most significant green technologies.

▪ Did you know that less than 1% of REEs are recycled?


Solution

Find clean solutions for clean energy.
With REEcycle’s low-cost, low waste reclamation process, we are wiping clean the dirty history of clean energy technologies: rare earth element mines. Mining for rare earth elements harms the environment, releasing toxic and radioactive waste into the soil and water. Our hope is to eliminate this ironic situation by creating a secondary supply of neodymium and dysprosium reclaimed from electronic waste. REEcycle’s innovation will always focus on a zero waste mission by recovering the highest amount of REEs from electronic waste with the smallest environmental impact.

Always look to the source.
Our motto is to create sustainability starting at the source. We recognize that the supply chain concerns and availability of REEs is an unfortunate factor when innovating new technologies that can have a significant positive impact on the world--whether that be state-of-the-art consumer electronics, more efficient clean energy technologies, or improvements to the defense systems that protect us. By creating a dependable, renewable, secure source of rare earth elements, REEcycle aims to reduce uncertainty for companies reliant on these materials. 

REEcycle Technology
Utilizing a patented process, REEcycle can recover 15 of the 17 rare earth elements. REEcycle is currently reclaiming neodymium, dysprosium, praseodymium, and terbium from discarded NdFeB magnets found in electronic waste. These elements are extracted in the form of metal organic frameworks (MOFs), which can be easily converted into an oxide. The process requires a low temperature less than 100°C. The solvent used in the reclamation process can be recycled and reused multiple times, minimizing disposal cost.