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Gold and silver lost via effluents and sludge from wastewater treatment plants (eawag.ch)
27 points by iliis 11 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 7 comments



Tailings at mines are often mined for other minerals once their values rises enough.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailings#Reprocessing


I wonder if concentrated sludge can be collected and processed in a specialized plant with higher efficiency, reaching market efficiencies.


Well, from the article: "recycling would not be economically worthwhile"


Platinum and palladium from catalytic converters accumulates in roadside dust:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/07/15/the-stre...


I've often wondered about the economic viability of 'mining' landfills for recoverable materials.

But I suspect it's less expensive to focus on 'simpler' extraction methods from known deposits of materials rather than the wider range commingled garbage.


As they say oop north, where there's muck there's money. Although I don't think its meant quite so literally.


pecunia non olet am i right?




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