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E-waste processing can be source of wealth, says engineer

Australia should consider creating up to three e-waste processing centres in its major cities to improve the management of e-waste, provide research jobs and help to develop commercial technologies, a Swinburne University engineer has said.

The centres could process more than 30,000 tonnes of e-waste annually, recycling and recovering metals such as copper, aluminium and gold from computer circuit boards, mobile phones and electronic office equipment.

Geoff Brooks, a manufacturing engineer based at the university’s Melbourne campus, says Australia should use its mining and minerals processing expertise to become a world leader in e-waste management.

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