alexa A Review of Urban Mining in the Past, Present and Futur
ISSN: 2475-7675

Advances in Recycling & Waste Management
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Research Article

A Review of Urban Mining in the Past, Present and Future

Park JK*, Clark T, Krueger N and Mahoney J

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI 53706, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Park JK
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI 53706, USA
Tel: +1 608-263-2400
[email protected]

Received date: March 06, 2017; Accepted date: April 01, 2017; Published date: April 10, 2017

Citation: Park JK,Mahoney J, Clark T, Krueger N (2017) A Review of Urban Mining in the Past, Present and Future. Adv Recycling Waste Manag 2:127. doi:10.4172/2475-7675.1000127

Copyright: © 2017 Park JK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



As the world’s population is growing exponentially, more and more resources are needed to meet the demand. The earth does not have an infinite amount of resources and natural reserves are on a trend towards depletion. In fact, about half of the world’s copper and other metal stocks have been mined. A solution that would help to slow the mining of virgin materials is urban mining. This is the concept of extracting valuable materials from existing infrastructure, landfills, and the dissipation of them into the environment. This would allow an increased demand for metals to be met without having to mine additional virgin materials. There are many different types and processes that can be used to collect materials, especially metals. These types include secondary mining, landfill mining, hibernation mining, dissipation mining, and in-use mining. Although there are challenges associated with urban mining, there are many benefits to continue to expand. Future research will help to improve these processes.


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