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Extracting Metals from E-Waste Costs 13 Times Less Than Mining Ore

Extracting Metals from E-Waste Costs 13 Times Less Than Mining Ore

Extracting metals like gold and copper from electronic waste isn’t just sustainable, it’s actually 13 times cheaper than obtaining the metals from mines, according to new research.


ASARCO to Pay $163.5M, Cut Toxic Emissions

ASARCO has agreed to a settlement with the EPA and US Department of Justice that requires the company to spend $150 million to install new equipment and pollution control technology to reduce emissions of toxic heavy metals at a large copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona. The company will also fund … Read more »

Auto Industry Initiative to Reduce Toxic Runoff

The EPA, the automotive industry and states have signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5 percent by 2021 and 0.5 percent by 2025. This voluntary … Read more »

Recycled Copper Product Cuts Emissions

Air Products has signed contracts with more than 20 recycled copper manufacturers in China to provide its oxy-fuel product that it says improves productivity and material qualities compared to conventional air-fuel technologies. It also decreases harmful emissions and reduces energy consumption and fuel costs. Dashan Copper, a scrap copper recycling company in Tianjin, Northern … Read more »

Environmental Suits Loom for Chile’s Copper Mines

Usually business-friendly Chile may be witnessing a turning tide, as more and more mining and energy projects get stalled by environmental objectors. The $5 billion Castilla coal-fired plant was cancelled after fierce environmental opposition, and legal challenges are possible for the Chilean energy company AES Gener’s Alto Maipo hydropower project, Reuters … Read more »

UN: Treated Waste Could be ‘Gold Mine’

Recycling and waste treatment can be a “gold mine,” perhaps literally, according to a UN report that finds treated waste can be put to profitable use. For example, 1 metric ton of electrical and electronic waste contains as much gold as 5 to 15 metric tons of typical gold ore, … Read more »

Electric Cars Actually Dirtier Than Gasoline Cars?

Electric vehicles are not as clean as they are touted to be, according to a peer-reviewed article published in the IEEE Spectrum. Unclean at Any Speed says despite sweeping public opinion and the billions of dollars in subsidies granted to EV makers, the energy intensive materials used in manufacturing electric … Read more »

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