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Development of Urban Mine

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How to develop urban mine is shown as an analogy of how to develop natural mine in this chapter. Both ways are similar but different in developing. Harmonization of social system for collecting a good resource from end of life products and real separation techniques is essential to develop urban mine. A new concept “Artificial deposit” is remarkably useful for recycling minor rare metals. Not same. Especially physical separation techniques are quite different. We need new processes to dismantle and detach parts from end of life products. And we have to re-understand that old infrastructure in iron and steel and non-ferrous industries plays essential role to realize urban mining.


  • Economics of urban mine WEEE
  • E-scrap
  • Minor rare metals
  • Electrical disintegration
  • Accompany metals

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Nakamura, T., Halada, K. (2015). Development of Urban Mine. In: Urban Mining Systems. SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology. Springer, Tokyo.

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