Recycling of electronic scrap

There is hardly a product in today's society that does not either contain metals or is dependent on metals for its manufacture. The electrical and electronic products released on to the market and subsequently scrapped, are processed and the metals they contain are extracted and used in new products. One might say that tomorrow's mines can be found in our towns and cities.

Electrical and electronic products are increasingly part of our everyday lives. Scrap electronic products must be processed and the metals they contain recycled in a way that ensures the minimum possible environmental impact. The volumes of electronic waste are increasing globally, but only a few smelters can process it. 

Boliden Rönnskär has been processing different types of recycling materials since the 1960s, and it is this in-depth experience, coupled with technologies developed in-house and extensive capacity for processing these materials, that has won Boliden its position as a world leader in this sector.

The copper smelter has the capacity to handle numerous different types of raw material, including an ever-growing percentage of recycling materials of one kind or another. Scrapped and collected electronic products have accounted for the biggest increase in material type in recent years, primarily in the form of circuit boards from computers and mobile phones, etc. Our suppliers are mainly based in Europe.

Before arriving at Rönnskär, the e-scrap undergoes preprocessing in the form of dismantling and crushing. Glass, a certain amount of plastic, and iron and aluminium are also separated out, because it is the copper, gold and silver content that has value for the smelter.

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