Most of us are aware of the importance of recycling, reusing, and reducing our food and plastic waste for a more sustainable future. But have you heard about how recycling e-waste such as that old smartphone or computer of yours can help to create a stable supply of materials used in electronics, mitigate production costs, and create a more sustainable environment for generations to come?
Non-recycled e-waste carries significant environmental effects such as lead, zinc, flame retardants, and more. Toxins released from e-waste disposed of in landfills can cause a series of environmental pollution problems to neighbouring soil and crops. Urban mining can help to curb the problem of overflowing landfills filled with e-waste by extracting precious metals like gold from electronics to create repurposed raw materials like gold bars, which are then sold as raw materials to customers. Urban mining helps to create a circular economy where raw materials, components, and products are reduced, reused, and recycled, creating a more sustainable ecosystem.
Read more about how urban mining and the process of extracting precious metals like gold from e-waste can create a more sustainable environment below: