Metso Outotec announced the launching of its eScrap solutions portfolio for the smelting and refining of scrap derived from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
E-scrap consists of printed circuit boards and electronic devices containing copper, gold, and other valuable metals and it is considered one of the fastest-growing waste streams worldwide.
“Combined with the depletion of primary raw materials and the increasing complexity of e-scrap, the need for safe and environmentally friendly recycling and reuse of these valuable raw materials is of paramount importance,” Metso said in a media statement.
In the brief, the Finnish firm said the eScrap portfolio comprises its smelting, refining, hydrometallurgy, and gas-cleaning technologies, which can be complemented with zero water discharge solutions.
“Process design for optimal efficiency, emissions control, and minimized energy use always starts from metallurgy – you need to understand the variability in the feed materials,” Lauri Närhi, sales director of Metso’s smelting division, said in a media statement.
“We can provide an optimal process solution with high recovery and availability for a wide variety of secondary raw materials – all the way to the refined metal product.”