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Metal Recycling

Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure

  • Author: UNEP
  • Publication date: January 2015
  • Page count: 316
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 14.III.D.8

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ISBN: 9789280732672
ISBN: 9789210571241

About the product

Metal recycling is a complex business that is becoming increasingly difficult! Recycling started long ago, when people realized that it was more resource- and cost-efficient than just throwing away the resources and starting all over again. In this report, we discuss how to increase metal-recycling rates – and thus resource efficiency – from both quantity and quality viewpoints. The discussion is based on data about recycling input, and the technological infrastructure and worldwide economic realities of recycling. Decision-makers set increasingly ambitious targets for recycling, but far too much valuable metal today is lost because of the imperfect collection of end-of-life (EoL) products, improper practices, or structural deficiencies within the recycling chain, which hinder achieving our goals of high resource efficiency and resource security, and of better recycling rates.