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UK's First Commercial Refinery for Extracting Precious Metals from E-waste

UK's First Commercial Refinery for Extracting Precious Metals from E-waste
The building of the UK's first commercial-scale refinery for extracting precious metals from e-waste has resumed following Covid-19 delays, and is expected to be operational within 12 months. Mint Innovation, a New-Zealand based start-up, is delivering the facility, located in Cheshire. Mint has developed a new process for extracting metals from mixed waste, using bacteria and water-based solutions, and combining hydrometallurgy and biotechnology, rather than traditional methods which use harmful cyanide. The new method involves grinding feedstocks into a fine, sand-like powder before inserting the material into a sealed device where a chemical leaching process can be used to remove...

E-Waste fuels the counterfeit epidemic

E-Waste fuels the counterfeit epidemic
Impact on counterfeits A serious aspect of scrapping your stock inappropriately is you could inadvertently be contributing to electronic component counterfeiting. It is well known that "waste product" has the potential to become the counterfeit product of the future. End-Of-Life (EOL) finished goods should be crushed and recycled though legitimate companies otherwise they could end up in the counterfeiters hands. Most "counterfeit" components are actually recycled, used parts reclaimed from old product. A collective effort is required to manage waste properly so that we stop feeding the supply chain of the counterfeiters. Over the last decade westernised countries have tended...

What is RoHS and why was it introduced?

What is RoHS and why was it introduced?
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) was essentially introduced to reduce risks to health and our environment. The main concern for the environment was the effect of contamination from landfill. When we ultimately dispose of our electronic devices to landfill, chemicals seep into the water table poisoning the environment and posing a risk to health. According to the European Commission: EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC) and promoting the collection and recycling of such equipment (WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC) has been in force since February...

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