Cumbria Recycling Ltd


1 Year Enterprise-led Funded Masters by Research: Ref.No. 84

Post-consumer waste streams and the reworking/recycling of mattresses

Recent data (WRAP, 2012) suggests that only 15% of mattresses entering the UK waste stream are diverted from landfill into either re-use, recycling or energy from waste. As landfill disposal is phased out through changes to environmental legislation and the taxation framework, improvements to this low rate of mattress reuse/recycling/recovery will be required.

Mattress collection and recycling is labour intensive, due to variable design and the heterogeneous nature of post-consumer feedstocks. The high costs of mattress reprocessing, within the context of low product and material revenues, limits recycling opportunities. This project seeks to identify and optimise engineering approaches capable of delivering improvements in mattress reuse/recycling/recovery rates. The emphasis is to recover value or convert waste materials into products which have a real market value.

Working with academics in the Engineering department and in collaboration with the company, you will use your experimental and analytical engineering skills to investigate novel approaches for the processing and re-use of mattress materials. Graduates with an interest in sustainability and at least an upper second class degree in Chemical/Process, Materials, Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline are encouraged to apply for the project.

Enterprise and collaborative partners
This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University with supervision by Dr Sarah Green, Prof. Andrew Kennedy and Cumbria Recycling Ltd.

Cumbria Recycling Limited is one of Cumbria’s leading recycling companies. Processing over 2,000 tonnes annually of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) for re-use and sorting for recycling of raw materials. The project will also have input from a major bed manufacturer and Furniture Re-use Network member organisations.

Why apply?
By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, you will:

• Receive £15,000 tax free per year
• Receive a contribution of £2,000 towards your tuition fees from your business partner. Tuition fees for 2017-2018 are set as £4,195 for UK/EU applicants and £17,510 for international applicants. Tuition fees for 2018-19 are yet to be set (see university website for published rates by year of entry). Candidates are required to pay the remaining fees up front at the beginning of the project.
• Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation please see our website.

Application deadline
Midnight 6th May 2018
Start date: September 2018

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The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.