d|rig take lead in research on how to recycle rare earth metals.
The growth in production of technological products in today’s society and in Norway is a result of our constant need to invest in the latest innovations. There are many commercial good aspects of this as Norway is one of the leading countries in innovation, competencies and knowledge in many areas, flip side is, unfortunately, that this also increases the volume of technological waste.
Reuse is without doubt the best we can do from an environmental perspective. Sometimes it may not be possible to reuse the entire product but then maybe we can reuse individual components or even down to individual microchips that sits on the PCB. This is knowledge that we have and strive to develop further.
Norway is fortunately among the best in the recycling of EE-waste and have good directives for process and documentation, unfortunately, there is currently very little focus on other than valuable precious metals. At a global level today we recovered less than 1% of rare earth metals as current smelting methods prevents the recovery of these rare earth metals, that are used more and more in modern technology and that there is a very limited recourse in the Global mines.
Although Norway show very high recovery rates of EE-waste, we still produce or import more than we recycle which means that landfill of technological waste in Norway is increasing year after year.
d|rig will through innovation and action take responsibility for improving this.
Norway has a history in being a leader in environmental development, our companies are willing to make ethical and morally good investments and take charge of environmental development. We must look at innovation in recycling and Landfill to ensure the way forward.
This is social responsibility.
Our partners and customers are focused on this. d|rig is focused on this.
RECYCLING VS MINING
Research from United Nations University shows that there are five times less environmental impact to extract raw materials by recycling compared to extract the same amount of raw materials from the earth’s crust. Meanwhile, research show that within 2030 we will experience a great shortage of raw material as reserves in the earth’s crust which is accessible by current mining will be severely reduced.
It’s time to lower the landfill as well as develop new methods for the recovery of rare earths to be better prepared for future challenges.
We offer comprehensive project reports which include documentation of secure data erasure, environmental savings as a result of reuse and environmental savings as a result of recycling.