Wide world of e-scrap

Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Jan. 31, 2014

News on the growing e-scrap industry in India and a potentially novel way to process lithium ion batteries from the Basque region of Spain lead this week's wide world of e-scrap.

India's e-scrap industry is expected to blossom into a $3 billion dollar industry by 2018, more than doubling its current worth, a recent report by Kuick Research suggests. The country produced more than 800,000 tons of e-scrap in 2012 and industry experts estimate 2.15 million tons of e-scrap will enter the waste stream in 2018.

In other India news, a nonprofit group in Bangalore is collaborating with a local e-scrap recycling firm to offer free e-scrap pick-up services for city residents. Once the material is broken down and processed by the recycler, all proceeds from the venture go toward an education program for young female orphans in Bangalore.

A Spanish company says it has found a new way to process lithium ion batteries. The Basque region firm, Tecnalia, is aiming to more efficiently capture and recycle a number of metals from batteries that are used in mobile devices and a range of other electronics.

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