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爱上海龙凤
Verizon Wireless needs to reconsider its “Friends and Family” feature–or, even better, it should withdraw its support for Massey’s Energy’s outrageously bogus “Friends of America” rally on Labor Day Weekend.
Do 87 million Verizon Wireless customers, stockholders, and its Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility department know that their company is a co-sponsor of next week’s climate-change-denying union-busting pro-mountaintop removal rally organized by Massey Energy in Logan, West Virginia? Here”s the link.
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Does the Environmental Defense Fund, which recognized Verizon’s Green Initiatives–to save energy, support solar and other renewable energy sources, and lower its greenhouse gas emissions–know that Verizon Wireless is sponsoring the featured speaker, Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who is one of the most infamous global warming-deniers?
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