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Mining the earth to produce new products is unsustainable.  Mining in the US is the largest industrial polluter (47% of all industrial toxics released in 2000;  14 of the top 15 Superfund sites are mines)..   Mining in the rainforests of Africa, Indonesia, and the Philippines is an even bigger nightmare.

At current rates of consumption, all the world's known supplies of copper, gold and other electronic metals could be consumed in our lifetime.   Before the last landfills are closed, we may run out of material to put in them.

To meet the expected standard of living for most of the world's population, we need to reuse, repair, and support the secondary market.  For recycling to become commonplace, we must strive to make it affordable.

Nevertheless, this cannot be an excuse to dump unwanted, unprocessed junk onto poorer countries.   For recycling and reuse to become commonplace, we must do our part to make it affordable, safe, and environmentally sound.

  New Guinea copper mine, opened 1982.   Environmental News Service / BHP

New copper, coltan, gold, silver and palladium mines are opening at a record pace in Africa and Asia, to feed the enormous demands for consumer products. 

This consumption is not sustainable.

 Recycling on the average creates 1000 times more jobs per ton than mining or disposal!

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