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We Created the Technosphere, but is it the Birth Place of the Circular Economy

by Tetronics (International) Ltd  (Jan. 27, 2015)

Human activity has created the ‘technosphere’, a landscape which is composed of the materials we have developed, created and thrown away. Far from being a miserable landscape that may initially come to mind, like the desolate garbage filled scene in WALL-E, it could actually be the basis on which we can create a more sustainable way of ...

Global Initiatives to Increase the Sustainable Use of Precious Metals

by SGS  (Oct. 25, 2012)

The period from September through to January sees a number of important holidays for many countries and these holidays represent the peak season for gift giving. Many people’s thoughts often turn to luxury items such as jewelry as well as to electronic items such as mobile phones, MP3 players and the like. ...

Toxins Found in E-Waste

by Electronic Recyclers International, Inc (ERI)  (Jan. 5, 2015)

One of the worst effects of a skyrocketing, global e-waste crisis is the risk of toxic contamination for the environment and communities. In fact, delving into the many chemical and heavy metal materials that make up most electronic devices, it seems that toxins and electronics go hand in hand. Though many manufacturers of electronic devices are ...

Thermal Plasma Technology Supports Precious Metal Recovery from WEEE

by Tetronics (International) Ltd  (Oct. 31, 2011)

The article provides an overview of the history of electrical wastes, where we are today and the potential value that can be generated from recovering the valuable precious metals it contains going forward.   The article also discusses how Tetronics’ patented DC Plasma technology has been successfully employed in a wide range of ...

Phoenix county metals case study

by Niton UK Limited  (Jul. 18, 2013)

With their order placed before the instrument was officially available, Phoenix County Metals quickly benefited from their new Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 handheld XRF analyser. The robust Niton XL2 has proven ideal for Phoenix’s application, which involves the identification of gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium from waste ...

Electronic Waste: The Rich Resource in the Urban Mine

by Tetronics (International) Ltd  (Oct. 29, 2014)

Forgetting your mobile phone can be a real pain, playing on your mind during the day. Then as you think you can feel your phone vibrating in your pocket and you come to realise how dependent we are on our gadgets. Electrical equipment has changed our lives completely and we rely on phones, microwaves, TVs, kettles, computers to keep us informed, ...

Supporting best in class performance case study

by Antea Group - USA  (Nov. 6, 2014)

Challenge: A precious metals refiner retained Antea Group to evaluate and improve their EHS programs with the end goal of achieving best in class EHS performance among the industry as a way to differentiate itself and create additional business opportunity.   As their current New Jersey industrial facility with deteriorating infrastructure ...

E-scrap: metals too precious to ignore

by Recycling International  (Nov. 20, 2008)

Increased recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is providing the global recycling industry with fresh challenges. Researchers from Berlin’s University of Technology have been taking a close look at the material flowing into and out of the recycling process, paying special attention to the precious metals content. Their main ...

Hired metals analyser ensures remediation success

by Ashtead Technology Ltd  (Aug. 21, 2012)

Cognition Land and Water Ltd, a UK based remediation specialist, has hired a portable XRF metals analyser to improve the speed of remediation work at a project in London’s Kentish Town. The project had a major impact on local residents so timescales were extremely tight but Cognition’s Charlie Jarvis says “It would not have been ...

VSEP provides crystal clear permeate and recovers precious metals from the mining leachate at 97% recovery

by New Logic Research, Inc.  (May 31, 2007)

A unique membrane filtration system, known as V✧SEP (Vibratory Shear Enhanced Process), was developed by New Logic of Emeryville, California. The technology employs vibrational oscillation of an advanced polymeric membrane to improve the throughput and to prevent colloidal fouling of the membrane surface. This new technology provides a ...

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