Tetronics technology to recover precious metals from e-waste in the US

Tetronics International, a global leader in Plasma Arc technology for resource recovery and hazardous waste treatment applications, is pleased to announce that BlueOak Resources, USA have selected Tetronics’ technology for their national project to sustainably recover precious metals from electronics waste (e-waste), one of the world’s fastest growing waste streams.

The first recovery plant will be installed in Osceola, Arkansas. BlueOak intends to capitalize on the high demand for “technology metals” like gold, silver, copper and palladium by creating distributed urban refineries in the US and throughout the world that recover high-value metals from e-waste.

Production at the Arkansas facility will begin by the end of 2015, initially processing 15 million lbs of electronic scrap per year, with plans for rapid expansion.

In the US, consumers alone dispose of some 3.2 million tonnes of e-waste annually; more than 80% of this ends up as waste, contributing >70% of all toxic metals in US landfills.

Priv Bradoo, Founder & CEO for BlueOak explains; “E-waste in the US is a valuable source of materials crucial to our way of life. We see our new relationship with Tetronics as a huge step forward in the ethical management of e-waste, whilst supplying valuable materials back into our manufacturing supply chain.”

Graeme Rumbol, CEO for Tetronics International comments; “BlueOak have taken their vision for sustainable e-waste management in the US and turned it into a reality, which we are extremely proud to be part of. We look forward to working with them further over the coming years to ensure these critical materials are recovered at the highest level possible, and not wasted.”

The main advantages of Tetronics’ patented plasma technology are that it couples the highest technical recovery rates and operational flexibility, with the lowest environmental impacts and cost base. The process chemistry is designed to symbiotically and preferentially separate and recover the valuable material in electronics waste whilst destroying any hazardous components.

For more information about Tetronics International, please contact Kate Colclough on +44 (0)1793 238 500 or visit: www.tetronics.com

About Tetronics International

Tetronics International - the global leader in the supply of PGM Recovery Plants. Tetronics’ patented Direct Current (DC) Plasma Arc plant technology provides the closest solution to zero waste currently available. This sustainable “green” alternative for material recovery uses ultra-high temperatures to melt, gasify or vaporise any waste material, in order to treat, recover or generate valuable commercial products. Tetronics’ technology has been tried and tested over five decades and has been used globally in more than 80 plants across a wide and varied range of applications.

About BlueOak Resources

At BlueOak, we believe in the philosophy of resource and capital efficiency. We are building distributed mini-refineries that use proven, capital-efficient refining processes towards recovering high-value metal resources from e-waste. Our vision is to revolutionize how we treat end of life electronics: converting the e-waste of today into a sustainable source of critical metals and rare earths for the technologies of tomorrow. BlueOak: Sourcing Metals Sustainably™ from End-of-Life Electronics. Please visit us at: blueoakresources.com

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