Tetronics e-Waste article featured in The Chemical Engineer

Prospectors: The next generation

Tim Johnson looks at the growth in electronics waste and the pressing opportunity to mine it for valuable metals

The growth of electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) has been one of the great trends of our time. In the last few decades the increase in availability of all manner of electrical goods at ever lower cost with staggering levels of computing power has been truly remarkable. These changes have brought great benefits to the lives of millions, especially in the developed and western economies. However, they have also resulted in an insatiable demand for some expensive and critical raw materials, often from poorer or more remote parts of the world, and have led to the creation of whole new classes of waste that society is now having to address but which were previously unknown.

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