Dr Jean-Pol Wiaux has received the annual Honorary Award for lifetime services to the recycling industry at this week’s International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR 2020), taking place in Salzburg, Austria.
Wiaux started his career in the recycling business more than thirty years ago. ‘He became a true pioneer in the battery sorting technology business,’ says conference organiser ICM.
Wiaux also represented the interests of battery recyclers as director general of French association Recharge for over twenty years. He can look back on a major milestone in the 80s; Wiaux supplied the world’s first fully integrated battery sorting plant to Swiss company Batrec.
Not least, Wiaux worked on many battery-related research programmes, focussing on different battery chemistries as well as the impact of electric vehicles.
‘His engagement led the worldwide battery recycling industry into a profitable and environmentally sound business,’ according to ICM. ‘We want to recognise him for his pioneering spirit, support and endless promotion of best take-back and recycling practices in the circular economy of batteries.’
Stay tuned: A detailed article about the conference will be published in the upcoming issue of Recycling International.
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