29 May '11, 2am

Metal recycling needs boosting says UNEP report | Business | The

Metal recycling needs boosting says UNEP report | Business | The

A focus on maximizing our re-use of metals - one of the few resources that are ''inherently recyclable'' - comes today from the UN's Environment Program (UNEP), with the release of a report highlighting the gap between what we could achieve with metal recycling, and what society has managed so far. Not only would higher recycling rates for metals save firms money, they would help slash energy use - and help eke out those elements that are important to developing a 'green economy.' The UNEP's International Resource Panel (IRP) put together the report, titled 'Recycling Rates of Metals: A Status Report ', which looked at the rates of re-use of 60 metals. Somewhat depressingly, the authors found that recycling rates were less than 50% for two-thirds of the metals looked at - and less than 1% for 34 of them. Given that most metals are relatively easy to extract and re-smelt, t...

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