Attero is disrupting the electronic waste recycling industry with a new technology that maximizes the efficiency of metal extraction, responsibly and sustainably, by using compact, low cost mini-refineries for easy local installation. Attero — which performs secure data destruction on phones and computers, refurbishes where possible, and otherwise extracts and recycles the metals for reuse — has the potential to alter the e-waste recycling landscape in the US and global markets.
With the rapid expansion in the use and discarding of e-waste, disposal is quickly becoming a massive worldwide challenge. A group of innovative entrepreneurs in an emerging market is developing a solution that the major smelters in Europe, Asia and Canada have not offered.
According to Justin Lemmon, an advisory board member who is heading up Attero’s US expansion of its precious metals mini-refinery technology, one of the company’s plants fits into a 100,000 square foot warehouse and costs $2 million. This contrasts with today’s European plants based on high volume — originally designed for automobile manufacturing and large metals — that cost several hundred million dollars and cover over 75 acres. Picture Attero mini-refineries embedded in commercial areas convenient to businesses and e-waste collectors throughout the U.S. and other countries worldwide; no longer will e-waste need to be shipped abroad for disposal as it is today.
Collecting 1,000,000 pounds of phones and computers monthly in India, from businesses as well as last-mile collectors of waste (referring to the remotest regions in emerging markets), Attero refurbishes when possible and turns the rest into 99.99 percent pure forms of over 10 metals such as gold, silver, copper, and palladium. This is referred to as “urban mining” since these precious materials — gleaned from urban waste — are sold to back to companies that make new phones and computers.
From a sustainability perspective, according to the UN Environment Programme 2013 study, urban mining uses on average 91 percent less energy than traditional mining. And according to Lemmon, “urban mining is not invasive to land and water tables. We need to do a better job managing the life cycle of the materials once they come out of the ground. Attero’s process enables the same electronics products to be recycled over and over again.” Supporting the importance of recycling mined ores, Goldman Sachs’s rece爱上海419
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A controversial hunting contest in Idaho targeting wolves and coyotes has ended with nearly two dozen coyotes killed but no wolves shot, though rancor over the event remains undiminished.
The coyote and wolf derby was promoted by ranchers and hunting enthusiasts as a form of family recreation aimed at reducing the number of predators threatening livestock and big-game animals like elk prized by hunters. It was condemned by conservationists as cruel and unsportsmanlike.
The weekend hunt on national forest land ringing the Idaho mountain town of Salmon drew 250 contestants seeking cash and trophies in categories ranging from bagging the largest wolf to shooting the most female coyotes. Children as young as 10 were invited to compete in a youth division.
The event was sponsored by Idaho for Wildlife, which fights “all radical anti-hunting and anti-gun environmentalists,” according to its executive director Steve Alder.
Adler said none of the teams managed to kill a wolf, but 23 coyotes were killed, making it a far cry from the “wolf killing spree” predicted by opponents.
“It shows hunting is not an effective tool to eliminate wolves. We’re going to have to take more aggressive action,” Alder said.
Hunters brought coyote carcasses to Salmon to be measured and counted and potentially sold to fur buyers. Several carcasses were piled in the back of pickup trucks.
Some contestants said they were disappointed at not bagging any wolves, and expressed frustration with opponents of the event.
“We’ll only have agreement with environmentalists when we kill all the wolves here,” said Jeremiah Martin, a hunter from Salmon.
Online petitions criticizing the contest garnered tens of thousands of signatures and opponents have threatened a boycott of Idaho’s famous potatoes.
The derby is thought to have been the first statewide competitive wolf shoot in the continental United States since 1974, when gray wolves in the Lower 48 came under the federal Endangered Species Act protections after being hunted, trapped and poisoned to near 龙凤网
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