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300 Tons Of Gold, 1,000 Tons Of Silver And 16 Megatons Of Steel: Electronic Waste Worth £34Bn Piling Up In 'toxic Mine', Warns Un Report

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/electronic-waste-worth-34bn-piling-up-in-toxic-mine-warns-un-report-10187364.html

Gold worth more than £7bn is being thrown away amid the 42 million tons of electronic and electrical equipment discarded by consumers each year, according to United Nations experts.

A report by the United Nations University (UNU) reveals that the amount of “e-waste” generated globally is increasing by two million tons a year and will reach 50 megatons by 2018 – with Britons among the planet’s biggest generators of hi-tech junk.

The study warns that less than 16 per cent of global e-waste is being diverted from landfill into recycling and reuse – representing the loss of an “urban mine” of potentially recyclable materials worth more than £34bn.

How easy is it to extract this wealth? There must be some reason why no one is doing it, although potential isn't actual.

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