Smart resource recovery technologies and solutions

With the reality of diminishing natural resources, mounting landfill, electronic scrap and energy security issues, there are ongoing efforts to source alternatives to raw materials, develop new approaches to utilise end-of-life products as well as the creation of alternative energy sources. New ideas are conceived every day to utilise, recycle or reuse plastics and other materials contained within the products we don’t think twice about replacing. And so the cycle continues

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World’s first OTR tyre recycling plant for Perth

CONSTRUCTION of the world’s first extra-large tyre recycling plant in Perth, Western Australia, will start soon. Following preparation of conceptual drawings and commissioning of final drawings, construction of the plant is expected to commence by February 2018.

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Industrial Ecology in mining – now there’s a thought!

By Dr Robin Branson PhD, MBA, BSc. (Hons) Director, Australian Industrial Ecology Network

IN the modern world of advanced economies, pretty much everything starts with some sort of mining. From time immemorial humans have used stuff dug, sucked or that oozed out of the ground. As economies develop, increasing amounts of resources are extracted from the Earth’s crust and they all have one feature in common: they are finite. Inevitably there will come a time when mining will be uneconomic, however potentially useful the material it might be. The corollary is that extraction cannot last forever. Even if that statement were not true, assuming it is would be wise.

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Space – the next frontier of mining

Throughout the ages, mining has faced and met the challenges thrown up by new frontiers that have been necessary to exploit due to decreasing resources. With deep-sea mining of oil and gas commonplace and exploitation of seabed mineral resources imminent, the next frontier is space.

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