Improving urban mining practices for optimal recovery of resources from e-waste

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Fiseha Tesfaye, Daniel Lindberg, Joseph Hamuyuni, Pekka Taskinen, Leena Hupa
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Minerals Engineering
Volume number: 111
Issue number: C
Start page: 209
End page: 221


In this
article, current progress in urban mining related to e-waste recycling is
reviewed and associated state-of the-art recycling technologies are evaluated.
As sufficient volume of e-waste is a limiting factor for its recycling economy,
the need for the establishment of effective e-waste collection mechanisms,
particularly for small sized End-of-Life (EoL) devices, is emphasized in terms
of the need for effective government policies, increased public awareness,
economic incentives, establishing industry-funded co-regulatory agreements,
etc. Feasible options for e-waste recycling through pyro- and
hydro-metallurgical process routes are reviewed. Deficiencies in e-waste recycling
chains are highlighted, and recommendations to improve the current very low
collection rate of small sized EoL devices such as mobile phones are made.
Optimization of the recovery of the critical metals and energy through
different processing options is discussed.


Circular Economy, environment, Hydrometallurgy, Mining waste, Pyrometallurgy, Recycling

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