Mining Garbage and the Circular Economy

Mining Garbage and the Circular Economy

Over the last century, we have mined more and more raw materials and manufactured products from those materials. Increased prices for mined raw materials and improved recycling technology have enabled some industries to rely more on recycled materials than ever before. A report by Bob Tita in the Wall Street Journal last week detailed this trend in the aluminum business. According to Tita:

“U.S. aluminum consumption grew by 11% last year, bouncing back from 2020’s pandemic-influenced reduction, according to the Aluminum Association trade group… To meet rising demand, aluminum companies are doubling down on recycling, melting more scrap to increase their output of aluminum… More than 40% of the country’s aluminum supply already is produced this way, making the U.S. one of the…

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