E-waste is an untapped source of rare Earth materials



As the world battles through supply chain issues and geopolitical concerns disrupt the timely flow of materials, it’s becoming ever clearer that the supply of many rare earth metals and material is unsustainable. These materials are found in all kinds of products including those we dispose of everyday. E-waste is an excellent source of precious metals, and the recycling of e-waste needs to be dramatically ramped up.

The Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK (via bbc.com) is running a campaign aimed at raising awareness around the unsustainability of mining the materials that make up all the countless millions of pieces of consumer technology. These metals and materials often end up in landfill, creating potentially toxic contaminants. But this waste is also an untapped resource of the very materials that go into making it in the first place, hence the need for recycling.



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