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Workshop on Urban Mining

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Time/date:

Monday, August 3, 2015 14:00 - 17:00

Venue:

RCAPS Seminar Room (APU Campus, B Building, 2nd Floor)

Language:

English/ Japanese

Application / Inquiries:

For further information, please contact Mr. Nakagawa, Academic Office at 78-1122.

Guest Lecturer:

・Mr. Harada (Researcher of the National Institute for Materials Science)
“Overview of Urban Mining in Japan”
・Mr. Kawakami (Director of Institute of Environmental Technology, DOWA Ecosystem Corp.)
“Current Practice of the Urban Mine Recycling Process”
・Mr. Nakahara (Researcher of the Sun Industry)
“Employment Opportunities for the Physically Handicapped People”

Details:

Electronics graveyards, filled with discarded mobile phones, personal computers and printers, can be turned into a treasure island full of gold, platinum, rare earth elements. Urban mining is a process of extracting these previous metals and rare earth elements from e-waste discarded upon open dump yards. While it offers immense source of mining, its potential has not been fully tapped. The workshop is designed to explore the possibility of tapping these under-utilised resources. Urban mining requires the close cooperation between business communities and local stakeholders, particularly those who are keen to resolve the environmental problems. Your active participation is very much welcome!

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