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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...

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