Earthrise - Urban Mining

The news channel Al Jazeera has published a remarkable film on the subject of Urban Mining.

While this film concentrates more on the situation of the European market, Urban Mining is also of growing importance in other parts of the world.
Chinese enterprises are turning to Urban Mining to satisfy the country's voracious appetite for metals, recycling the contents of abandoned household appliances and electronic devices. Urban mining has immense potential in China, whose economic growth and on-going modernization process entail the harvesting of huge amounts of metals and other commodities from whatever sources are available.


GEM High-Tech Co., Ltd, a Shenzhen based urban mining company, is in the process of establishing waste processing centers throughout China and expects to achieve an annual processing capacity of 3 million tonnes within five years. The company hopes to eventually extract 50,000 tonnes of rare earth metals via recycling processes each year. China recycled 630 million tonnes of junk electronics products during the 11th Five Year Plan, from 2006 to 2010.

Die Zukunftsstadt als Rohstoffquelle - Urban Mining ("Fast Forward Science 2016")


Das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) hat Ende 2011 die Fördermaßnahme „r³ - Innovative Technologien für Ressourceneffizienz - Strategische Metalle und Mineralien“ ins Leben gerufen.

2014 stellten die 27 Verbundvorhaben bei einem Statusseminar im Rahmen des URBAN MINING Kongress in Essen Ihre Projekte und erste Ergebnisse vor.

Mit dem Abschluss der Fördermaßnahme im Jahr 2015 zeigt der Film „Die Zukunftsstadt als Rohstoffquelle - Urban Mining“ einige Beispiele aus der r³-Foschung.