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Urban Mine Platform – a new database that charts Europe’s urban mines

Urban Mine Platform – a new database that charts Europe’s urban mines

Vast quantities of scarce metals are being lost from Europe's urban mine of vehicles, batteries, mobile phones and electronic gadgets. For example, about 20 tonnes of gold are lost each year from vehicles being scrapped in Europe. To address this problem, the European research project ProSUM has compiled a new database that charts what is known as the urban mine: the metals that are already in circulation and could be recycled from our end-of-life vehicles and electrical and electronic equipment.

The database called Urban Mine Platform shows the route taken by the metals from when they enter the market until they become waste. It is the only one of its kind in the world. The intention is to create a knowledge base to reduce the dependency on imports and harness the resources in end-of-life products more effectively.

In the international EU project ProSUM (Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban mine and Mining wastes), 17 parties from universities, research institutes and expert organisations have together surveyed the quantities of critical and scarce metals that can be recycled from Europe's batteries, vehicles and electrical and electronic equipment. The project is funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 research programme.

 

Date
March, 2018