Biotechnology solution turns waste into valuable metals
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Mint Innovation, based in Auckland, New Zealand, has developed a biotechnology ‘recovery’ solution which turns waste into valuable metals. The solution works by using chemicals and microorganisms to bind and concentrate these valuable metals. The solution is also environmentally good as Mint Innovation sources these valuable metals from waste electronics found in landfills. For example, the company sources metals from printed circuit boards used in electronics such as mobile phones, computers and TV’s. These circuit boards contain gold and copper but also consist of hazardous materials and are often not recycled correctly. Once these circuit boards are sourced, they are…
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