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Leveraging the latest technology to depollute WEEE

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the fastest growing and most hazardous waste on the planet.​

54 million
metric tonnes

of WEEE were generated in 2021, according to the UN, with the majority discarded. 

359 million TVs and PC monitors were sold annually between 2012 and 2019, with the growth rate increasing over the last three years.

Supporting the UN SDGs, specifically 8, 12 and 13, and hitting the EU recycling targets of 85%, needs real disruption.

At FPD Recycling, we are modernising WEEE recycling to make it safe, profitable and sustainable.

Our vision is that every used flat screen in the world becomes a valuable commodity rather than hazardous waste.

We offer end-to-end automated solutions, enabling the best possible material recovery rates and the safest human and environmental outcomes.

Our technical team has developed fully automated, high throughput, FPD robotic recycling systems that transform the recycling of end-of-life flat screens and laptops.

Using our unique technology, our subscription-based customers can now depollute WEEE, eliminating the need for manual removal of hazardous mercury tubing from TVs and Monitors.

We promote the circular economy by creating ​safe, sustainable and flexible automation solutions ​for all forms of difficult and hazardous e-waste.​

Our Story

FPD Recycling was established from the need to provide recyclers with a safe, efficient and profitable solution to deal with growing problem of hard to recycle e-waste. 

Today, we are happy to see that thanks to our technologies, perception of e-waste is changing from environmental risk and disposal problem to a valuable resource of secondary raw materials. 

Our first goal was to develop an automated process for recycling TVs, monitors and laptops – and since it needed to be safe, efficient and profitable, we brought robotics and Artificial Intelligence in to do the hard and dirty work.

2018

Start-up team

 Recycling industry veterans Austin Ryan and Craig Thompson, engineering, AI, automation and software development experts – Paudy O’Brien and Gary Moloney and finance specialist Declan Lynch joined the forces to bring AI and robotics innovation to the recycling industry.

2018

2019

€1m Investment secured

2019

First machine designed

Automated recycling solutions

Global partner secured

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Patents pending

Applied to European Patent Office (EPO) for patents around FPD recycling process and our Artificial Intelligence solutions.

First machine built

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CE Certification awarded

First machine shipped

2020

2.0 design

Design upgrades included separating the machine into two – one for TVs & monitors and second for laptop processing. It resulted in making the machines more compact and improving processing times.

2020

First remote installation

Machine was installed for a client in Australia with remote support provided due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Sales team expanded

We extended our presence to US & Canada and Nordic region.

R&D team expanded

Research funding awarded

Government funding for further research into downstream materials

€8.2m in contracts secured

from clients in Europe and USA

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To showcase our FPD recycling capabilities on the UK market, we established a business entity – managed all aspects from planning to securing permits. Project received investment and was eventually fully brought out by Buy It Direct.
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4 machines in build

Improved machine design for scaled manufacture.

Research project initiated

New research project on brominated flame retardants (BFRs) plastics separation was initiated in collaboration with University of Limerick.

2021

Engineering team expanded

2021

Became members of

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Funding agreement

We received funding form the first pillar bank to deploy our cleantech solutions globally.  

Circular PRO Development

Meet the Team

CEO

Paudy O’Brien

15 years in the energy sector from engineering to senior executive with a proven track, Paudy founded and co-founded a number of companies from IT and engineering to HR. Paudy’s experience and his ability to effectively communicate and enormous interests in interpersonal relationships enables him to comprehensively cover finance, company structuring, manufacture, scaling and leadership as his key skills. His drive for innovation and effective business is enormous.


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CFO

Declan Lynch

A chartered accountant with over 20 years experience dealing with multinational corporations. An extremely versatile financial leader Declan drives financial and operational performance by leveraging his vast skill-set and knowledge. Extensive experience in scaling infrastructure , process improvement and business planning. Declan has a solid track record of enhancing shareholder value by developing strategies and structuring financial solutions in complex dynamic multi-national environments. Areas of expertise: Corporate Structuring, Risk Management, International Tax planning, Governance Funding and Investor Relations.

COO

Gary Moloney

As co-founder of multiple startups and 15 years experience in software engineering Gary has developed mission critical web applications for IBM, Pfizer, Nestle, Stryker and Kerry Group. Working as quantitative developer with Keelvar Systems and the University of Limerick Gary has experience building complex scalable software for real-time monitoring and data aggregation. Established relationships with Microsoft, IBM, Nestle, Stryker and University of Limerick.

MSc. Quantitative Finance, MSc. Software Engineering, BSc. Applied Maths.


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Director for Global Business Development

Craig Thompson

A career veteran of the e-scrap industry, pioneering the UK’s first franchised collection network for WEEE recycling well before the European WEEE regulations started in 2006. Successfully selling his own WEEE recycling company in 2010. He has successfully managed the financial turnaround and management of a number of recycling companies. Worked with a number of recyclers globally on downstream processing of their e-scrap / WEEE plastics. Craig holds a MSc in Global Management.


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CTO

Arthur Middleton

Arthur is a Chartered Engineer with a Masters’ degree in Engineering Design. He has more than 30 years’ experience in factory automation, machine design and product engineering in high, medium and low volume manufacturing industries. His automation consultancy Arthur Middleton Limited has been successfully operating since 2004. Arthur’s experience is global and across industries such as manufacturing consumer products, aerospace and medical devices, computer hardware and recycling technology. He is a creative and pragmatic problem solver.

Partnering with Industry Leaders

We believe innovation and collaboration are the key to solving ever growing e-waste problem. In the constant journey to make our services best on the market we are partnering with industry and academia leaders.

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