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Institute of Recycling Technologies

Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling
Technical University of Kosice

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Institute of Recycling Technologies

The Institute of Recycling Technologies (IRT) at Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling (formerly: Faculty of Metallurgy), Technical University of Košice was founded on 1st February 2016. Due to changes in the organizational structure, two separated departments, in particular, Department of Non-ferrous Metals and Waste Treatment and Department of Chemistry, were integrated as one into the Institute. The main target of IRT is to continue in the actual pedagogical and scientific-research activities with its improvement in order to achieve sustainable development in the given scope in accordance with legislative and environmental requirements of presence.

The Institute focuses on problematic of material recycling of wastes according to EU directives and strategic European documents in the field of Critical Raw Materials, Critical Metals in Strategic Energy Technologies and Circular economy action plan. Attention is focused on the recycling of both municipal waste and its separated components, as well as on the recycling of industrial waste. In the field of municipal waste, the Institute deals with material recycling of used batteries and accumulators (e.g. lithium accumulators from cars and electronics), WEEE (mobile phones, computers, imaging technology). From the industrial sphere, it focuses on waste containing metals, such as drosses from aluminum production, waste from galvanizing, slag and dusts from copper, iron and steel production and other waste containing metals.

Institute is divided into two departments:

  1. Department of waste treatment
  2. Department of environmental analysis

The Institute has long term experience with international, domestic projects as well as cooperation with industry. Research & Development is realized in several specialized laboratories for waste recycling, wastewater treatment, electrochemistry, material characterization and other. The Institute is well equipped with laboratory and large-scale equipment as well as analytical devices for elemental and phase analyses.