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Gold From Computer Parts

Gold From Computer Parts

21.01.2018

We tell about the innovative approach of reclaiming gold from recycled computer parts.

American IT corporation Dell has come up with a first-of-its-kind recycling solution: refining gold from electronic scraps.

A rather unconventional approach to the problem of e-waste recycling has become a promising business avenue to venture into, as it turns out that one tonne of recycled circuit boards is estimated to contain as much as 800 times more gold than a tonne of ore.

Processed gold will be ethically sourced and reused in the production of new-generation Latitude Tablet 5285 2-in-1 chips, as well as in the gold-mined jewelry collection.

Following the successful completion of the feasibility study on the server-side, Dell's pilot project, supported by Wistron GreenTech, is now in the implementation stage. It promises not only a quick return on investment, cost minimization, but also guarantees reducing potentially adverse impact on the environment.

According to the latest data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), e-waste initiative is not fully realized, since recycling rates for e-waste (including discarded PCs and smartphones) are unimaginably low, resulting in e-recycling rate fail, which is way below 80%.

Due to improper recycling, electronic waste ends up in landfills, resulting in around $60 million in precious gold and silver components being trashed away.

The launch of the innovative gold recycling program is planned for the spring of 2018.

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