DailyDirt: Valuable Metals Abound

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Things that we use every day, like cell phones, computers, and other consumer electronics, actually contain a wide variety of valuable metals, such as europium, dysprosium, neodymium, terbium, and yttrium. When these electronics reach the end of their useful life, these metals are often lost to landfills if they’re not properly recycled. Rather than let these useful materials go to waste, the U.S. Department of Energy is now working to recover rare earth elements from used consumer products, using methods employed in nuclear fuel reprocessing. Here are some other examples of ways to get at valuable metals.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Couldn’t this be crowdsourced?

Every home consume materials shouldn’t that waste be transformed at the home level somehow, turn every house into a mini refinery for raw materials.

I think about cells each and everyone of them do something and their waste is collected and disposed and then it gets reused by other organims.

Beer is something that most people would understand in this manner.

Yeast multiply and consume sugar and poops alcohol, that then is reuse by us to produce other things, and when we poop we create an environment for other bacteria to live in.

So we are reaching a point were turning houses into production cells make sense.

If any country is a human body, that body is missing a liver.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

gold, precious metals, diamonds, energy, fuels.

also there is a great deal of gold found in sewage treatment plants, seem a high percentage of people lose their gold fillings by swallowing them. Also diamonds are commonly found in raw sewage. (for some reason). But lots of got. (and corn !!!,, chew your corn) 🙂

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