Commercial use for raw materials from discarded electronics to be investigated

A €2.1 million project to explore the commercial opportunities for harvesting raw materials and precious metals from unwanted electronic products has been launched.

The project, which involves organisations in the UK, Germany, Italy and Turkey, aims to increase by 5% the recovery of a range of critical raw materials (CRMs) such as gold, silver and platinum from products such as consumer electronics, IT equipment and small household appliances. 

According to waste advisers Wrap, which is leading the UK’s involvement, almost 40% of electrical products go to landfill when they are disposed of despite regulations to increase ...

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