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Are Trade Wars a Wake-Up Call for Recycling Industry?

An article which appeared in the Telegram.com highlights that the U.S. recycling industry essentially collects glass, paper, metals and electronic scrap (e-scrap), does some sorting but then ships it all overseas to countries with lower labor costs to finish the sorting and convert the materials back into something that can be used in a new […]

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Adopting Lean Manufacturing Practices Makes Economic Sense

In this International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) video, Brajendra Mishra, the Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and director of the Center for Resource Recovery & Recycling, explains why lean manufacturing makes sound economic sense.  Lean manufacturing, which is the concept of using less labor, energy, materials and water to […]

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Advances in Recovery of Metallic Fines

Electronic scrap (or e-scrap, which can refer to a variety of electronic products that have met their end of life) is one of the fastest growing discarded material streams in the world. With the advancement of the technological age, industry and consumers are continuously disposing of cellphones, computers, monitors, laptops, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax […]

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Carbon Footprint Analysis

Watch this video to learn how students at CR3 work with the Automotive Recyclers of Massachusetts (ARM) to assess the impact of our carbon footprint on the environment.  Students and industry work together to identify how automotive materials can be reused, recovered and recycled, creating a more sustainable future.

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Sean Kelly Recognized as 30 Under 30 Future Leader of Manufacturing

Sean Kelly, a PhD Candidate at CR3, was recently added to Advanced Manufacturing’s list of 30 Under 30 Future Leaders of Manufacturing for his work increasing recycling yields. An excerpt of Kelly’s profile appears below. Working for the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3), Sean Kelly’s thesis (“Scrap Characterization to Optimize the Recycling Process”) […]

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MPI Connects University and Industry

The Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3), led by WPI’s Brajendra Mishra, is committed to being the premier cooperative research center focused on sustainable stewardship of the earth’s resources. CR3 advances technologies that recover, recycle and reuse materials throughout the manufacturing process. These advancements help businesses reduce energy costs and increase profitability, while protecting our natural […]

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Diran Apelian Interviewed in American Recycler

In an article by American Recycler on the challenges facing the automotive recycling industry, Diran Apelian, Founding Director of CR3, was asked to share his insights on the issue. An excerpt of the article is below: As the automotive manufacturing industry continually advances, so too do the types of materials being used in the construction […]

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Telegram & Gazette Profiles Sean Kelly for Work on Recycling Automotive Aluminum Scrap

The Telegram & Gazette recently published a profile of the work being done by CR3 doctoral candidate Sean Kelly on the recycling of aluminum automotive scrap, also known as Twitch. An excerpt of the article is shown below: Researchers at CR3 work to understand how aluminum is recycled from vehicles so they can help the […]

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Interview with New MPI Director – Brajendra Mishra

Brajendra Mishra, Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WPI, was recently named director of WPI’s Metal Processing Institute, the largest industry-university alliance in North America. The Institute, which is composed of four research centers, including CR3, is supported by more than 90 corporate partners as well as funding from private foundations and the […]

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Sean Kelly Interviewed by American Recycler

Sean Kelly, research assistant and PhD Candidate at the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling, is featured in a recent article posted by American Recycler. Mr. Kelly offers expert commentary on the current economic state of the automotive recycling industry, and outlines key features of what the industry’s future may hold. Read the full article here.

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