Mining Waste Management | Tetronics

30 years’ experience in recovering value from mining ores and mine tailings

Tetronics patented DC arc technology has for many years offered an alternative approach to mining waste management. Our solution is capable of managing the challenges of treating and destroying any hazardous elements within the mine ores and mine tailings, whilst further refining resource recovery mining spoils for the extraction of valuable materials

Plasma principle advantages in mining waste management

Tetronics offers metal recovery plants that are ideal for recovering valuable materials from a range of difficult-to-process powdered or particulate mining waste. Examples of the many such materials treated by Tetronics over the last 30 years include wastes arising from the mining of Chromite Ore, Basalt, Platinum Group element bearing Ores, Ilmenite and Quartz.

How do we do it?

Mining waste contains a number of hazardous materials, which can have a highly damaging effect on local eco-systems, but also contains elements of value, typically precious metals. The plasma process is designed to preferentially separate the valuable metal and minerals from the waste material while destroying any hazardous elements. The less valuable material is vitrified into an approved, inert, reusable building product called Plasmarok®, in a single processing step.


To find out how we can assist you with your mining waste management needs, please contact us.

“Given the experience of Tetronics and the success of their plasma technology, we see Tetronics as a natural technology partner.”

Supporting Literature


  • 3 decades of experience treating wastes arising from mining
  • Effective recovery from difficult-to-process powdered or particulate mining wastes
  • Intensive, compact process plant package that can be readily retrofitted to existing installations
  • High Destruction and Removal Efficiencies (DREs) of hazardous mining elements
  • Simple technology to operate and maintain