WHAT WE DO
Smart Creative Technologies Ltd has developed a novel technology aimed to revolutionise the current ways of handling electronic waste. Our simple, cost-effective solution reduces carbon footprint and can treat any grade or type of scrap boards. We have changed the game of recovering high-value materials from waste electrical and electronic components that were previously lost in inefficient and out of date processing methods.
Here at Smart Creative Technologies, our advanced technological processes allow us to offer secure destruction and refining route for the recovery of all silver from X-Ray film. Our Precious Metals Recovery System has a silver recovery efficiency of 98% via a ‘Closed Loop’ chemical process. It is a zero-waste process and leaves a residual product of a very high-quality PET plastic. By using our unique processing plant here in the UK, customers can be assured that all materials will be processed in a secure, low ecological impact facility. Our systems have gone through rigorous testing at every stage of its development and are anchored by the ISO standards 9001, 140001, and 2701, ensuring that sensitive data is handled correctly and in accordance with the required data protection legislation. All sensitive data is destroyed to EN1573 standards and we are also able to offer a full IL5/IL6 secure destruction service.
Our ground-breaking technology is the first-ever process that can recover all precious and base metals from whole PCB’s in one step. Keeping the PCBs whole allows components to fall off, thus enabling more efficient recovery. The process extracts gold and palladium, it also recovers lead, copper, and tin, all of which remains unrecovered when the smelting process is used. We gather 97% metal recovery compared to 85% by whole PCB smelting and that equates to 279 tonnes p.p.p.a. Our process uses propriety chemicals and ultrasonic agitation to generate a cleaner, richer mixed metal ‘cake’ that greatly simplifies the refining of all contained metals. It can be used to treat any grade of scrap boards. Another interesting distinctive, quality is that our technology allows to cleanly recover Glass Reinforced Plastic for reuse, which is currently not achievable since GRPs are burnt down during smelting. Lower energy use also makes our process better compared to other processes on the market.
Smart Creative Technologies solution demonstrates significant advantages over existing processes as we can recover 99.9% of the lead from CRT glass and produce a valuable, clean by-product – sodium silicate- that has many industrial uses, instead of industrial slag. The process uses bespoke chemical solutions to isolate and precipitate metals, accelerated through ultrasonic agitation. It is more cost, time and energy-efficient than smelting (for lead extraction) and high-temperature furnace manufacturing (for sodium silicate). Our unique developed process for CRT recovery solution is proven, and capable of processing 5000 tonnes of material per annum
Current ways of recycling automotive catalysts involve both integrated smelting processes and dedicated high-temperature electric furnaces. Pyrometallurgical methods heat up these waste materials with the goal of separating and recovering Platinum Group Metals (PGM) from undesired materials. However, such methods have a tremendous detrimental impact on the environment due to the hazardous products released. Furthermore, the extreme energy requirement to process the waste is not worth compared to the amount it recovers. With Smart Creative Technologies Autocatalyst service, the need to incinerate is eliminated and instead use bespoke chemical solution and ultrasonic agitation to produce the PGMs in a liquid which can be filtered to isolate the metals, resulting in a much higher recovery rate. Successfully performed test trials, lasting six months, ensured that the technology has optimised process efficiency.
WHO WE ARE
Smart Creative Technologies works as a solution provider to waste management, recycling and industrial factories worldwide.
Global consumption of electronics is rapidly increasing. The EU alone produces 11.6 million tonnes of discarded WEEE annually. The industry is also compound by illegal exportation and inappropriate donations of electronic equipment from developed to developing countries. The practice of exportation has become commonplace for several reasons. High labour costs and strict environmental regulations for hazardous waste disposal motivates the exportation of e-waste to less developed and less regulated countries. However, many developing countries lack facilities, technology and resources needed to recycle or dispose of e-waste. The use of primitive techniques, such as incineration and smelting, is plausible to some, but it still poses threats to people’s well-being, and to the environment.
Smart Creative Technologies was inspired to create an innovative technology that would improve existing practices and standard operating procedures.
Through Smart Creative Technologies Silver, PCB and CRT Lead recovery systems, hassles of exportation to places with inefficient practices diminishes, allowing a safer, cleaner and more efficient technology to recycle waste. The use of extensive knowledge and processes ensure that maximum values for metals get extracted from the waste stream. The avoidance of disposal via landfill or incineration reduces air, ground and water pollution, which benefits the environment.
Smart Creative Technologies team consists of experienced science and engineering professionals, with in-depth knowledge of precious metal recycling. The company has state-of-art engineering laboratory facilities and equipment, and R&D industrial investments in the form of grants.
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Tel: 0151 294 4460