By K. Warner
For Metal Tech News 

Recycling key to U.S. critical minerals

Urban mining has the potential to strengthen domestic supply Metal Tech News - October 12, 2023


Last updated 10/26/2023 at 3:48pm

Piles of shredded metals to be used in recycling.

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While aluminum, copper, and steel have historically had higher rates of recycling, the economics don't yet support recycling metals with complex collection and separation processes.

The growing list of critical minerals and conflict elements like cobalt are drawing intense focus and demand for alternative sources. Investors and consumers are increasingly focused on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials, provenance, and indirect emissions of these supply chains.

If done right, prioritizing urban mining – specifically moving recycled materials upstream...

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