The Daily Mail (UK) said that The Royal Mint’s factory in Llantrisant, South Wales will be the first in the world to extract gold from circuit boards in old computers and phones.
Then, The Royal Mint company will use high quality gold extracted from these old broken equipment.
The proposed goal is to process 90 tonnes of discarded circuit boards in the UK each week and thereby extract hundreds of kilograms of gold each year.
A Canadian company called Excir is the creator of this gold extraction technology. The technology is touted as being able to recover 99% of precious metals from e-waste.
It is expected that after the plant goes into operation from next year, there will be 40 new jobs for engineers and chemists. The construction of the factory has been carried out since March.
Sean Millard, a senior leader at The Royal Mint, said: “Joining hands with our partner Excir, we are launching the world’s first technology with the ability to recover precious metals from e-waste in a very short time. short time. This method is revolutionary and offers great potential for reusing our planet’s rare resources, reducing the harmful effects of e-waste and creating more jobs.”
Mr. Sean Millard added: “We estimate that 99% of old UK circuit boards are now shipped overseas for high-temperature melting in a smelter.”
Globally, more than 50 million tons of e-waste is generated each year, but less than 20% is recycled. It is expected that by 2030, if there is no impact, the amount of e-waste could reach 74 million tons.
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