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Urban Mining 2035

         Recycling of Electronic-, Electric- Products and Products with valuable
Metal and Minerals from 2018 and 2025 by years and views to 2030 and 2035 worldwide in Cities and total     

  Technologies, Developments, Markets, Laws, Regulations, Countries and Cities, Concepts, Competition and Chances and  Risks.
With Rare Earth Recycling separat please see

I. Initial Position

Worn-out and discarded electrical appliances
and electronic equipment are still mostly
disposed with household waste, hazardous
waste or exported to countries in Africa and
Asian,partly left in the sea. The recycling rate
is worldwide between 1 and 12 percent
depending on the country. Only in 2010 are 65
million tonnes of e-waste generated worldwide,
with a increase of 5 percent per year. We
know since a long-time that this is hazardous
waste. Today we know that this is not waste
anymore but very valuable raw material,like rare
earth, in the futures, energy savings, new jobs,
environmental protection and a billion $ business.
Beside of the classic recycling companies we expect that over 600 cities worldwide will enter this new business in the next 15 years. The races is on the recycling technologies and only 8 companies and 12 research institutes lead the developments today, but there are more in the future.

Recycling is possible and to make distribution, collecting and sorting is also possible today. More important in the future is that the producer of e-products are part of the value chain from the beginning of the design of products.
The value chain will be 1. product-design, 2. production, 3.usage, 4. licensing, 5. collecting, 6. sorting, 6. Treatment, 8. compounding, 9. processing and 10. sales of raw materials or retro distribution.

The German and Japanese government pushing with high speed the developments and want the communities to take there chances for new profit potentials and jobs.
( The subscriber of our newsletter “Urban Mining” receive more detailed market figures)

Looking at a company example Umicore recycling e-products and make 3 billion US $ a year with intelligent raw material recycling.

Materials separation at molecular level in the future...

Develop new materials separation processes. "In the industry, for example, high-performance materials are combined to make hybrid components. At some time in the future they will be available for recycling, but such high-performance materials require new separation and sorting techniques. In the years ahead it will not be possible in many cases to replace primary raw materials economically using conventional recycling and production processes.  In contrast to present methods the scientists want to separate the relevant raw materials, in particular those in short supply, at the production plant or in the first stage of processing, and to process them in just a few steps. "The separation processes should take place at the smallest required level, by way of molecular sorting.  The scientists are focusing on metals and materials flows from the mineral, biogenic, organic and silicate raw materials sectors.

What is “Urban Mining” ?

Urban Mining is a second way to treat e-waste in the future beside of classical recycler or with recycling companies together. This business is most rewarding and profitable in the future. It can bring new jobs in the cities and solve many problems. (For example 1 ton of cell phones contains over 300 g gold and 18 elements of rare earth materials can be recycled today too.)
The material recycling be done after refurbishing and use too.
The cities can understand the urban mining larger as for compounds and elements from products, buildings and waste. But the high profit will be in e-products.

These Informations are the result of 3 studies: Urban Mining 2035, Rare Earth Recycling 2035, Electronic and Electric Waste Recycling 2035 and Waste and harzardous Waste Worldwide 2035. All studies are new 2012. Also see  We made 8 feasibility studies for smaller and very big cities and consulting for several recycling companies worldwide. 1980 we made the first reecycling study for the chemical and automotive industry.

II. Goal of this Study

The study provides information about trends, opportunities and risks, and evaluates initial situation and further development as well, identifies and evaluates the growth and profit opportunities within the segments of technologies/markets and value chain.

It deals with e-products and compounds  worldwide based on data in 2010 and 2011 and its developments up to 2035. It contains in-depth analysis on
- markets, developments, current and future regulations
- technologies, the state of technologies today and in the future to expect
- applications,
- systems and products
- companies , future companies and cities
- 600 cities
- 57 countries with details on Germany, Japan, USA, china, Benelux, France, s-Korea, and more.

The study is arranged by sectors and can be obtained either completely, or each sector separately. The markets are presented by countries and regions, as well as by market segments like technologies and companies and so on.

The study provides an analysis and profiles, as well as presentation of the leading companies  that are working in this field or develop technologies  and their factors of success and technology portfolio. This part of the study can be obtained extra .

We offer a monthly newsletter “Urban Mining”, concepts and strategies for cities, the study and conferences in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Zurich, Hong Kong and Beijing. Please ask for dates.

III. Table of Contents of the Study

A.      Summary of the study is a management summary
B.      Study

1. Regulations

1.1.Currant Statutory Regulations by leading countries
1.2. Future Regulations by leading countries
1.3. Compliance in the countries

2. markets for e-products
  by countries, product, type, year, quantity and US $

2.1. markets
2.2. refurbishing
2.3. recycling rates per country, quantity and US$

3. markets for e-waste products ..end of life cycle
  by country, products, type, quantity, tonnes and US$

4. E-products present state of treatment, recycling, disposal, export, import,
  by country, product, type, year, tonnes, and US$

5. State of technologies for materials recycling worldwide

5.1. technologies and companies worldwide and there competition
5.2. development and research institutes and there state of technologies.
5.3. 17 rare earth elements and there process technologies for recycling
5.4. other metals and minerals and there recycling technologies
5.5. expected technologies and processes in the future to 2015/2020 and further

6. The participation of the leading producer of e-products in furbishing, classical recycling, urban mining, and there change of policy and design to make the recycling better possible. On the way to a material passport that will describe all elements included in the product.

Cisco Systems, Dell, Apple, Hewlet Packard, Acer, Lenovo, Gateway, Manufacturers Recycling Management , LG Electronics, Epson, Intel, JVC, Toshiba, Nokia, Siemens, Bosch, Phillips, Sony, Lenovo and 20 more..

7.The markets and market developments to 2020, by year and 2025 and 2035
All markets are by countries , e-products, branches, quantity, tonnes, US$, year

7.1. recycling markets for classic recycling companies
7.2. recycling markets for URBAN RECYCLING and the cities
7.3. markets for the recycling technologies to materials recycling and the elements for the recycled raw materials and expected developments
7.5. markets by value chain segmentation
7.6. markets by region and countries and worldwide
7.7. markets for innovations and profit upgrading

8. Countries and Cities

8.1. leading countries Germany, Japan, USA, China, Benelux, France, s-Korea, France, Italy, Scandinavia, Russia, Taiwan,
8.2. 57 countries by there state and development
8.3. total countries worldwide
8.4. 600 cities and there potential for urban mining and the leader and front runner

9. Competition

The competition in the recycling markets for e-products , companies, and future developments. How to make a acceptable profit.
The leading companies and there portfolio and profits.

10. The Concept of Urban Mining and the Strategy

Schemes, scenario, strategy and road map and chances and risks for 20 cities and there profit potentials

11. Jobs and Job potentials

11.1. job’s plant size and tonnes
11.2. job’s by size of cities

12. Chances and Risks

12.1. opportunities
12.2. risks

IV. Methods of Investigation

The study is based on the following methods: Desk and Field Research. Market potentials and prospects are gathered by the Delphi-Method. Interviews with specialists in the market are questioned about their future expectations which are then narrowed through repeated coordination with the specialists.

V.  Company Competence

Our company has been active in the field of recycling , environmental, water, waste  and energy technology for more than 30 years since 1980. We prepare exclusive international strategies, concepts and special studies for company groups, small- and middle-sized businesses and government agencies. Until today we have prepared several thousand studies.
For an overview please see
And “about us”

VI. Price and How to Order

The price of the Total study is 4,900 Euro. (VAT if needed.) (450 pages)
The price for the summary is 2,200 Euro.( 150 pages)
The price for one regions and countries is 1,900 Euro.

concepts and feasibilities for 20 cities middle size and very big with over 10 mio people, 120 pages     6,000.- Euro

for the studies Rare Earth Recycling 2035 and Electronic and Electric Waste Recycling 2035 each 4,900.- Euro send email

The price for the monthly newsletter is 900.- Euro per year, paid by ordering, this newsletter inform you about new developments, technologies, companies, markets, people, countries and more and recycling technologies and profit potentials.

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