EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. has entered into a strategic global partnership with Jabil Inc. As part of the partnership, Jabil will utilize EnviroLeach’s patent-pending, cyanide-free and acid-free based chemical formula and processes for the recovery of metals from circuit boards and e-waste at its 650,000-square-foot facility in Memphis, Tenn.
“Jabil is pleased to introduce this environmentally conscious and sustainable solution into our extensive portfolio of capabilities,” said Eric Austermann, vice president of social and environmental responsibility at Jabil, in a statement. “For more than 50 years, Jabil has provided manufacturing and supply chain solutions to some of the world’s largest brands. The challenge of responsibly disposing of e-waste has persisted, until now. With this solution, we have an opportunity to be on the forefront of sustainably disposing of the world’s fastest-growing waste stream.”
In addition, the duo is exploring the use of a chemical formula into the recovery of rare earth metals and the recycling of lithium ion batteries. The companies are also developing an initial five tonne per day pilot plant for the processing of e-waste at the facility. The plant, which will be built in Vancouver, BC, will encompass all aspects of the recycling process, including the de-manufacturing, milling and the chemical extraction of metals. Jabil and EnviroLeach will be contributing to the costs of development; however, the financial terms of the relationship are not considered material at this time.
“We are thrilled to partner with Jabil and feel honored that they chose our process as the foundation to build upon,” said Duane Nelson, CEO of EnviroLeach, in a statement. “With Jabil, we hope to expand this truly remarkable solution globally.”