Backlight: Mobile Gold

Our waste is worth money. Recovering it has started up a new global industry worth billions. It is called Urban Mining and it appears to be the solution for many of our environmental problems and our... More...

Documentary - Science & Technology, Human Interest & Society

48'

Our waste is worth money. Recovering it has started up a new global industry worth billions. It is called Urban Mining and it appears to be the solution for many of our environmental problems and our energy needs. It creates a new recycling industry, gets rid of our waste for us and presents developing countries with a new business model. 
Urban Mining has a different, almost hilarious consequence: for years we have dumped our electronic waste in developing countries, with our eyes closed. There, it was to be recycled. But in Africa only one quarter of the gold, platinum and coltan is recovered whereas the newest technology in Belgium recovers almost 99 percent. So somewhere there’s a profit to be made.

Documentary
Frank Wiering
2015
VPRO
48'
VPRO
 
 
 

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