Inprotec, a UK-pyrometallurgical specialist, is calling on the UK government to focus on developing and supporting the UK’s metal extraction industry.

According to the company, the government should stop the ‘environmentally and economically damaging’ practice of shipping precious metal waste abroad.

‘Non-ferrous and precious metals are increasingly common in many of the products we buy and use on a daily basis in the UK,’ said Chris Oldroyd, managing director. ‘Unfortunately, there are very few facilities currently in the UK that are able to process the metals in these products once we throw them away, meaning most of this waste is shipped abroad to be processed.

‘This is a dangerous and unsustainable practice on a number of levels, and it’s something the government urgently needs to address. Not only does it leave a huge carbon footprint which is clearly bad for the environment, but it also means that we’re not taking accountability for processing our own waste and losing out on the value that exists from the non-ferrous and precious metals contained within the waste that’s currently shipped abroad.’

This story uses material from Inprotec, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.