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The promise and limits of urban mining

Urban Mining is a concept that emphasizes the potential of cities, the human habitat and built environment as a source of raw materials. New research, commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) and conducted by Fraunhofer ISI, looks at its definition, the benefits it brings in strengthening the circular economy and raw materials value chain, existing obstacles, and ways to scale the practice up around the globe.

What is Urban Mining?

Urban Mining is a concept that emphasizes the potential of cities, the human habitat and built environment as a source of raw materials. Modern society turns raw materials into products at a massive scale, from buildings and electronic goods to waste and mine tailings – the so-called “anthropogenic stock”. This stock can be seen as a source of raw resources, and Urban Mining aspires to recover it.

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