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There's gold in Japan's landfills

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posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 08:57 AM
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There's gold in Japan's landfills


business.timesonline.co.uk

Japan's enormous high-tech rubbish dumps have become a natural resource for precious metals including gold, silver and indium.

Japan's high-tech rubbish dumps - the vast “urban mines” of landfill outside every big city - have grown so huge that the country now ranks among the biggest natural resource nations in the world.
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posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 08:57 AM
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I wonder how many other countries also have these "urban mines". Given the current downturn of the stock market, this could prove to be a refreshing injection of funds.

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posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 10:20 AM
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I've seen some terrible images of people (mostly kids) in third world countries using all sorts of really nasty techniques to get these materials out of huge piles old of tech - it would be great if more advanced countries did this on a bigger and safer scale - but whoever does it would have to be super responsible... there would be hundreds of different processes for all the different materials, and a lot of it probably can't be automated - hard to see big profits there, maybe it should be a responsibility of governments rather than private contractors that could be less than on the level.



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