As technology becomes cheaper and more accessible, our scrapped devices lay overflowing in landfills. We dispose of over 50 million metric tonnes of electronic waste each year. That alarming figure is set to skyrocket in the coming years, entitling electronic waste to its position as the fastest growing stream of waste in the US.
Mining is one of the world's oldest and most lucrative industries. What we mine forms the foundation of our buildings, technology and more, granted it does not come without a price. Years of environmental degradation, soil erosion and loss of healthy lives is the hefty toll we continue to pay for the ceaseless demands of our lifestyle.
How often do you replace your electronic devices? Do you ever wonder where these dated or defunct appliances wind up? The newest model often has people flocking to the stores. Their old, perfectly intact device in hand, minutes away from being disposed of.
The gold mining industry is quickly evolving. As costs rise, labour shrinks, ore grades decline and external intervention increases, achieving profitability is an ongoing struggle. Miners strive to remain competitive and sustainable in these turbulent times, balancing between reducing costs and complying with environment, social and governance (ESG) metrics.