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Conestoga College has launched a new research program focused on developing technologies that will make consumer electronics more recyclable and improve e-waste recycling processes.

The college received a $1-million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support the work of an Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) on Advanced Recycling Technologies for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, or e-waste.

The program focuses on the development of automation systems and robotics to recover valuable metals contained in electronics while providing assistance to manufacturing companies with designing products that can be recycled more easily. 

To date, it has received the support of more than 15 partners, including manufacturers, research groups, colleges, universities, recycling associations and recycling companies, such as Cambridge-based Greentec.

Prior to the launch of this research program, Conestoga College was awarded a multi-million dollar NSERC Innovation Enhancement grant for the establishment of a Centre for Smart Manufacturing (CSM). 

Working together, the CSM and the IRCC research program will create opportunities for applied research projects related to high performance materials and components recovery, product design for recyclability, and intelligent manufacturing in light of the new Waste-Free Ontario Act.

As chair of this innovative research program, I am committed to working with regional and provincial recycling agencies and regulatory bodies to disseminate new research knowledge and contribute to policy development by conducting case studies. This work will help to reduce e-waste while creating new economic opportunities for businesses looking to invest in the recycling sector.


For more information regarding the existing funding and project opportunities, please contact:

Hamid Karbasi, NSERC IRCC (hkarbasi@conestogac.on.ca)

Ig Kolenko, Director of CSM (ikolenko@conestogac.on.ca)

Andrew Fraser, Director of Applied Research (afraser1@conestogac.on.ca)