Typology of options for metal recycling: Australia’s perspective

Golev, Artem and Corder, Glen D. (2016) Typology of options for metal recycling: Australia’s perspective. Resources, 16 1: 1-10. doi:10.3390/resources5010001

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Author Golev, Artem
Corder, Glen D.
Title Typology of options for metal recycling: Australia’s perspective
Journal name Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2079-9276
Publication date 2016-03
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/resources5010001
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher MDPI Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract While Australia has traditionally relied on obtaining metals from primary sources (namely mined natural resources), there is significant potential to recover metals from end-of-life-products and industrial waste. Although any metals recycling value chain requires a feasible technology at its core, many other non-technical factors are key links in the chain, which can compromise the overall viability to recycle a commodity and/or product. The “Wealth from Waste” Cluster project funded by the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Flagship Collaboration Fund and partner universities is focusing on identifying viable options to “mine” metals contained in discarded urban infrastructure, manufactured products and consumer goods. A key aspect of this research is to understand the critical non-technical barriers and system opportunities to enhance rates of metals recycling in Australia. Work to date has estimated the mass and current worth of metals in above ground resources. Using these outcomes as a basis, a typology for different options for (metal) reuse and recycling has been developed to classify the common features, which is presented in this article. In addition, the authors investigate the barriers and enablers in the recycling value chain, and propose a set of requirements for a feasible pathway to close the material loop for metals in Australia.
Keyword Metal flows
Recycling
Supply chain
Circular economy
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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