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Canada’s Tech Cominco to mine televisions and stereos –

Posted by Editor on March 18th, 2006

Canada’s Tech Cominco to mine televisions and stereos –
Canada’s Tech Cominco to mine televisions and stereos

First posted 02:35pm (Mla time) Mar 18, 2006
Agence France-Presse

OTTAWA–Tech Cominco Limited, one of the world’s largest zinc mining companies, is planning to recycle junk electronics hoping to turn old televisions and stereos into gold, an official told Agence France-Presse on Friday.The company won approval from environmental authorities in Canada to try large-scale recycling of 3,000 tonnes of discarded electronics at its Trail smelter in the country’s westernmost province of British Columbia.

If it works, the smelter will eventually take in up to 20,000 tonnes of electronics waste per year, said Tech Cominco spokesman Mark Edwards.

“Some of our metals end up in products that might be thrown out eventually,” he said.

“As a society, we tend to turn out these products faster and faster, so there is an accumulation of televisions and computers and electronic devices in landfills. This effort just completes the circle.”

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