#51 Targeted recycling – what are our devices hiding?

Tons of elec­tro­nic scrap and pro­cess waste are sent to land­fills eve­ry day. With the help of inno­va­ti­ve methods – in tech­no­lo­gi­cal, envi­ron­men­tal and eco­no­mic terms – it is possi­ble to reco­ver… pre­cio­us metals. So are the­re lay­ers of silver and gold hid­den in our devi­ces? What can you reco­ver from a bro­ken com­pu­ter and what does the pro­cess look like in practice?

Exper­ti­se in inno­va­ti­ve raw mate­rial reco­ve­ry methods is sha­red by Dr. hab. Woj­ciech Hyk (CNBCh UW), mana­ger of Gre­en­met Lab, answe­ring questions from Dr. Justy­na Pokoj­ska abo­ut:
- metals that can be reco­ve­red from elec­tro­nic waste,
- sour­ce of waste for reco­ve­ry,
- pro­ce­du­re for reco­ve­ring pre­cio­us metals from elec­tro-waste,
- ways to reu­se reco­ve­red mate­rials,
- costs asso­cia­ted with the tar­ge­ted recyc­ling pro­cess,
- limi­ta­tions (bey­ond know­led­ge and know-how) of waste re-use,
- the defi­ni­tion of tar­ge­ted recycling.

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