4. Recycling and Re-use of End-of-Life Products Recycling and Re-use of End-of-Life Products
Urban Mining Services announces it's cooperation Interest to ERA- MIN 3 by submitting it's project proposal as project coordinator and or partner eligible for funding.
Urban Mining Services (UMS) is a final waste disposal company founded in Gauteng South Africa, with a mission of addressing the electronic waste problem in the country. UMS has the expertise and experience to recycle, extract and refine 99% of electronic waste products into useful raw materials ready for sale.
The chemical manipulation, scientific application and mathematical analysis of the final disposition of e-waste has lead us to address the main issue; "The Landfill Problem". The time when we used to bury waste is soon coming to an end, municipalities in South Africa can no longer afford to allocate more land for the development of Landfills.
Additionally the experience we have gained from electronic waste disposal has lead to the invention of the "MoraGold Method" (MoraGold). This invention safely refines bullion quality gold (95%/99%) from e-waste in an environmentally friendly manner. The technique also makes it economically viable to extract and refine the gold from circuit boards, which is a big part of mining operations. It took us three years to produce the actual sample from the e-waste, and another two years to make it economically viable to extract and refine the circuit boards.
The transmutation of Landfills into "Minerals Recovery and Refinery's Centers" (MRRC) is revolutionary to say the least, it addresses the waste problem down-stream rather than up and gives us access to new sources of raw materials, i.e construction materials and industrial minerals. Landfills are the most likely and realistic places that most waste streams will end up. The conversion of Landfills into MRRC's will also add value to these facilities. The cost involved in the construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of Landfills is also not economically viable.
Metallic materials that UMS can produce from electronic waste are as follows - copper, aluminium, iron, stainless steel, silver and gold; we start by first recovering the precious metals, and then the base metals and also produce titanium (Industrial minerals). Construction materials that could also be produced at these facility are - cement, river and plastering sand, gravel, copper, steel, aluminium, brass and wood. Industrial Minerals that could be produced at Landfills are quartz, marble, slate, porcelain, and granite just to mention a few.
The transformation of Landfills into MRRC's has to be addressed, because even the so-called big recycling organisation use these facilities at some point or another in their operations, hence they are just transferring the problem. By changing the way we deal with waste i.e viewing waste as raw materials, we change the way we dispose of it. UMS has added value to waste, and thus creating an alternative source of raw materials in terms of extraction and mining operations.