Mobile GoldTechnology, Environment|47:55|G
Our waste is worth money. Recovering it has started up a new global industry worth billions. It is called Urban Mining and it appears to be the solution for many of our environmental problems and our energy needs. And it is hot. A ton of broken mobile phones, computers or other electronic waste contains sixty times the amount of gold a ton of gold ore has. Moreover, it is easier to get at. It is estimated that 30 to 40 percent of total world demand for rare metals can be covered by urban mining and this is only the beginning. The principle of urban mining seems the solution for many of our environmental problems and our energy need. It creates a new recycling industry, gets rid of our waste for us and presents developing countries with a new business model.