28 May '11, 6pm

UN: Failure to recycle rare metals is damaging green economy

The UN has warned that low rates of recycling of rare metals could damage the growth of global clean tech industries, urging nations to improve recycling technologies and collection systems. A report released yesterday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) found that less than a third of 60 metals studied have an end-of-life recycling rate above 50 per cent, while less than one per cent of 34 rare elements are recycled. FURTHER READING MPs: Recycling can help overcome rare metal shortages Searching for a solution to the rare-earth problem It also found that many of the elements with the lowest recycling rates are widely used in clean technologies. For example, tellurium and selenium are used in high efficiency solar cells, neodymium and dysprosium are commonly found in wind turbine magnets, lanthanum is widely used in hybrid vehicle batteries, and gallium is t...

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