E-scrap: A vicious cycle?
Published: Thursday, 15 December 2016
Every year, millions of tonnes of highly polluting electronic waste are sent to landfill, even though a high proportion of this material consists of valuable metals and minerals. Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, looks at how the changing makeup of electronic products poses problems and opportunities for e-scrap recycling.
Recycling waste products to reclaim their constituent
minerals and metals for reuse has gained significant momentum
in the last few decades.
In Europe, increasing emphasis has been placed on "closed
loop" manufacturing, the "circular economy" and "urban mining"
as more muscular terms for recycling and similar initiatives