UrbanMining.org Shares Global Perspectives on “Rare Earth” Issues

LOS ANGELES--()--UrbanMining.org, the world’s leading online urban mining brand and informational website dedicated to providing educational content on the subject, has added a number of new articles to its collection of reports and features on the subject of “rare earth” metals.

“China No Longer Has a Stranglehold on the World’s Supply of Rare Earth Metals”

Working to keep its readers informed of the global perspectives on the rare earth issue, the site last month posted a new feature about China’s slipping leadership role in the rare earth market, and another spotlighting East Africa’s increasing presence as a growing rare earth producer.

The recent articles at UrbanMining.org, “China No Longer Has a Stranglehold on the World’s Supply of Rare Earth Metals,” and “Tanzania Likely to Become Next Major Producer of ‘Rare Earth,’” among others, have been collected by the editors of the UrbanMining.org blog to help people better understand the issues surrounding the resource and the issues that are presented by the increasing demand.

The group of elements called rare earth metals contain special electronic and magnetic properties that make them a key component of many 21st century technologies. These 17 elements are plentiful but are found in nature in low concentrations that make them difficult to collect. As they are integral parts of cell phones, hard drives, hybrid cars, wind turbines and other products with skyrocketing demand, rare earth metals face increasing demand, too.

The Urban Mining site maintains a free library of articles, news stories and how-to features about urban mining, recycling and the environment, also recently reported global environmental happenings. The full collection of articles is available here: http://urbanmining.org/

Urban mining, the process of reclaiming compounds and elements from products, buildings and waste, is a growing trend in recycling that has presented new job opportunities and environmental solutions. The UrbanMining.org website was designed to track the urban mining movement and help explain this relatively new phenomenon to the general public. A wealth of articles, information and the regularly updated library of news articles and dedicated features can be found at the site.

“One of our goals with UrbanMining.org is to help share information about the issues surrounding every aspect of urban mining, including what is happening around the world with precious resources such as rare earth metals,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronics and e-waste, and parent company of UrbanMining.org. “Each news story we collect and post to UrbanMining.org is crucial because we are tackling the subjects that are too often misunderstood. We hope to help democratize the recycling and urban mining processes by helping people and businesses better understand the big picture.”

For more information on general recycling needs, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com, http://1800recycling.com, http://greenisgoodradio.com or www.urbanmining.org.

Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the world’s largest privately held recycler of electronic waste, is e-Stewards and R2 certified to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally friendly manner. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations serving every zip code in the United States. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit www.electronicrecyclers.com.

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