How Clean Urban Mining Works

It’s simple. We ensure clean urban mining by buying PCBs and selling refined plastic fibres, resulting in zero waste and zero landfill contaminants.

The ins and outs

Our metal extraction process

Step 1

Mechanical separation: A PCB dismantling machine and component screening are used to separate the various components ready for initial processing.

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Step 2

Leaching and Recovery: PCB components are processed using our non-toxic reagent to leach precious metals. Our patented polymer is then used to recover the metals from the leach solution.

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Step 3

Crushing and Separating: PCB components are then crushed with non-metals separated from metals. Non metals are then recycled with the metals going through a similar leach and recovery process to capture remaining precious metals.

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The nuts and bolts

Our plastic extraction and recycling process

Step 1

Polymer Production: Elemental Sulfur is
combined and processed with renewable
plant oils to create our award winning
polymer. This polymer is prepared using
inverse vulcanisation which is distinct
from most synthetic polymers.

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Step 2

Reactive Compression Moulding: Under
compression the polymer can be used create 100% recyclable material that can be used for multiple things. By combining the polymer with different waste streams such as eWaste fibre, plastics, carbon fibre etc, new construction materials can be created.

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Step 3

Catalytic Adhesion Repair Under compression the polymer can be used to create a 100% recyclable material that can be used for multiple things. In addition, due to the molecular make up of the polymer it is possible to create a repairable rubber. Using a catalyst, once 2 pieces have been joined the piece of rubber is as strong as it was prior to breaking.

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A better enviroment. A better yield

How urban mining
changes our lives

Reduces harmful effects on people and the environment

Urban mining helps reduce the mountains of waste onto which e-waste has been dumped and approaches the processing of e-waste in a much cleaner manner than was the case until recently, resulting in positive consequences for people and the planet.

Promotes a circular economy

As it becomes more economically interesting to recover raw materials, more manufacturers are no longer selling products that end up in landfills, but they are rather putting products on the market that can be efficiently recycled and reused, creating a circular economy.

Cost-efficient raw material recovery

An up to 50 times higher concentration of valuable metals and minerals per tonne can be found in electrical and electronic waste than in the ores extracted from mines.

A visual representation

Looking at the numbers

Gold

300g
5g

Average yield of gold per
tonne of ore vs tonne of PCBs.

PCB Yield
Ore Yield

Palladium

120g
6g

Average yield of gold per
tonne of ore vs tonne of PCBs.

PCB Yield
OreYield

Silver

1.5kg
300g

Average yield of gold per
tonne of ore vs tonne of PCBs.

PCB Yield
Ore Yield

Copper

140g
10g

Average yield of gold per
tonne of ore vs tonne of PCBs.

PCB Yield
Ore Yield

US$102 Billion

Forecasted global electronics relying market

US$102
Billion

US$40 Billion

APAC Electronics market by 2026

US$40 billion

11.8% CAGR

Global electronics recycling growth over the next 5 years

US$102
Billion

13% CAGR

APAC electronics recycling market growth over the next 5 years

US$102
Billion