How To Mine Gold From Electronics | World Wide Waste

How To Mine Gold From Electronics | World Wide Waste

Electronics are chock-full of gold, but getting it out is so difficult that most of it goes to waste.A New Zealand startup has found a way to extract gold from old circuit boards using inexpensive chemicals and microbes that absorb precious metals. The founders hope it will reinvent how the world deals with e-waste.

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How To Mine Gold From Electronics | World Wide Waste


  1. Darth Desec on April 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    “Cleaner and safer” = no more work for poor people harvesting the gold.

  2. Good question on April 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Whilst millions struggle to feed them selves or keep warm, we have this … isn’t our world of profits fucked up

  3. Austin Tgod on April 27, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Every phone do have gold inside them but they are in such a tiny amount.

  4. Gunzo神 on April 27, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Now that is what I call Gold Digger

  5. Barry, Animal mother on April 27, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    The physical labor side can not be avoided. Robots with scratching nails not unlike cat claws may do a large majority of the work. It will need some other fingers for tools, im sure. And when the camera lenses are accurate enough to know gold and such things, it can sort it with efficiency, it may take a human hand to deliver to the processing line, or to put in a locked position for the fingers to do its work. We’ll see how it turns out?

  6. Snow Flake on April 27, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    So gold is purple. 💜

  7. Dr Mercenary on April 27, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    pot heat growing now abouth micro wear guysbeen living ander a rock lol it looks like science is way behind with microbials looks like pockets are growing marijuana I know more about microbials in this type of stuff it’s just because you’re way behind bulshit

  8. Silvester Bozak on April 27, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    People will open eyes..or will be living in ..everybody knows whats up and all what is right and good.

  9. lohith sai on April 27, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    *So, you crush the e-waste to the minimal size & through electrolysis, the Copper get plated together aside
    *Palladium & Gold needs more refining
    So, Microbes are used to bond with the solution & seperate the precious metal paste
    Than that paste us refined by a refiner & we get gold
    *Yet, only 150 grams of gold is obtained from 1ton/1000kg of Circuit boards!
    *Mining gold is getting costly & reserves reducing. Therefore this e-waste recycling is feasible

  10. A Ol on April 27, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Australia should annex new Zealand

  11. EvilisEvilGOODisGOOD on April 27, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Once they get the gold, what do they do with all the toxic plastic etc? I wonder 💭

  12. lass1234 on April 27, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Who still uses a 4+ years old phone? I do

  13. ipi ray on April 27, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Question? Where will the non-precious waste go? 🤔

  14. G M on April 27, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    150 grams of gold a week? For the expenses, the numbers don’t sound profitable…..?

  15. Bader Albuloushi on April 27, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    I can see our grandchildren studying what our generation and the ones before did of this consumption and waste and thinking how stupid and inconsiderate 😔

  16. TechArc on April 27, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    All I can say is this better come to the mainstream, I want this to become the norm where all manufacturing for electronics comes from recycled materials from e-waste. Im talking Apple, Intel, Samsung, all the tech compinies. I also want to see local e waste management too so that concurrent e-waste can be recycled. This means that 100% of the flow for materials for new products comes from concurrent e-waste, and as there will be still a flow for e-waste, as we will keep buying and throwing away items. This should be our future instead of landfill and stilly ways of resycling, and I hate that this hasnt become the norm even still in 2022. We also need right to repair so we can repair the items we allready have so we don’t have to throw them away.

  17. Isoa Kavakimotu on April 27, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Americans say "New Zealand" weird. LOL

  18. lukeves on April 27, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    why don’t you just grab that shit off someone’s neck, seems easier at this point..

  19. Debbie Henri on April 27, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Brilliant idea. Goes to show just what a mistake it was sending old electronics abroad in the first place – seeing how valuable metals are recovered over there, by burning. It makes your hair stand on end.

  20. Marino Ceccotti on April 27, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    BS. Each time you see one of thses videos, they omit to tell you that recycling gold is *NOT PROFITABLE* unless :
    1) You DO NOT PAY for the electronic waste,
    2) You DO NOT PAY for the work to collect the electronic wast, sort it, process it (Best is to have near-slaves in the third world or many kids),
    3) You DO NOT PAY for the recycling of the old acids and other chemicals (Best is to throw them down the sewer or a nearby river),
    Even if 1, 2 & 3, the business is barely profitable unless you process TONS of electronic waste.
    The chemicals (acids, SMB, etc), the hardware, and the energy (electricity, natural gas) has a price too. and do not compe with "It is good for the environment" because no, it’s not.
    NEVER trust a startup on its business model.
    Each of these companies will rely on state financial help.

  21. Maggie Humble on April 27, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Have to know where the gold is located

  22. BlueSteakMan Flesh on April 27, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    What happen to the micro plastic made in this process?

  23. Paul scheider on April 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Saint Joseph comfort of afflicted pray for us.

  24. kenroy edwards on April 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    million dollars worth of equipment just to remove barley 1% of that countries annual waste. what a joke. they say local communities can start to do it. cap.

  25. Althea Finch on April 27, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    is it just me or is gold going to lose its value thanks to this even though it helps wild life?

  26. Te Waimaria Williams on April 27, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you Kiwi Ingenuity

  27. Jae Baetens on April 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    There should just make it so the workers arnt effected and/or come in contact with any products, and they have zero health or any other effects from the materials they will handle. And then they dispose of all the material or recycle them so there is zero effect on the environment. It’s possible. They do it a lot of places. Just need knwoledge, resources, and labor. What if everyone had all three.

  28. Prateek Panwar on April 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Why companies aren’t charged for creating millions of tons of ewaste. But government / people (indirectly & directly) have to pay.

  29. jdsim9173 on April 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    What do they do with all the waste after the precious metals are extracted?

  30. Mathias hansen on April 27, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    we’re in the age of plastic

  31. SD on April 27, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    The signs of the end times are visible to everyone so therefore repent and accept Jesus Christ who is God the Father as your Lord Savior and God be born again of the Spirit from above. John 14:6

  32. Bloodyidit on April 27, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Support Right To Repair to help this. There’s other causes too. But if we can at least get companies to start allowing repair shops to operate and repair electronics instead of companies making brick after brick of e-waste designed to break in a year, it would slow the flow. The next thing we need to do is to punish companies who do not think of their surroundings or their customers. Shit they’re even doing this shit to new tractors.

  33. nrev79 on April 27, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Think about how much of the things we use have planned obsolescence built-in. The corporations should be investigated they should not be able to blame consumers for using products they build to be disposable

  34. Chey Thompson on April 27, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    You know for a little country we do pretty well for ourselves

  35. Urielo P on April 27, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    this is why i wanna live on mars lol

  36. Paul scheider on April 27, 2022 at 7:41 pm


  37. David Vazquez on April 27, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    then the real treasure is the water…

  38. C Liverpoolboy01 on April 27, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    What happens to the waste products after they have got the gold they want! Toxic waste, the energy cost!!!

  39. Dr Mercenary on April 27, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    All that worth b g of gold is not even worth it as waste of interior and Western environmental West time

  40. Hesham Sayed on April 27, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Hope that you know the truth before it’s too late

  41. KedaR on April 27, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    25 years that’s a long time research Respect to the guy

  42. MrManny on April 27, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Those fools doing it in open air could get cancer from all the other impurities as other materials gets burnt off. No go for emerging markets.

  43. Peter Rocc on April 27, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
    There is nothing more important then getting right with the Creator, Jesus Christ. Those that refuse to come before him and repent with godly sorrow for sinning against him will stand before him in judgment and be cast into the lake of fire.
    And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Heb 9:27)
    And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)

  44. Dr.Faris Arab on April 27, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Also Laws must curb companies not to produce new phone every year

  45. chick EASTWATER on April 27, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    10 + Years in Lithium Push..& NOBODY ever Planned on RECYCLING
    So Instead PROGRAM the People ,, Oil = Bad… Lithium = Clean

    When its most Destructive to The Earth…Extracting & Producing
    Soon , they’ll also be more WATER Shortages & Contaminated Water

  46. TREVOR THE FILTHY RAT on April 27, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    The chemicals used are extremely toxic.

  47. Life DIY on April 27, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Finished product paying out 6k for the week at 150g per week. I feel like that’s not that profitable. I can’t imagine utilities for that place are cheap plus paying the employees. Owners might walk away with 1k for the week. Assuming it’s one owner

  48. Snow Flake on April 27, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Want to be the next billionaire? 🤑 Learn to recycle e waste. 💜

  49. chick EASTWATER on April 27, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    They don’t even Say what Toxic Chemicals are Used & Where is THEIR WASTE going ?!….
    A NEW phone.. for Billions every 2 Years…..
    Tesla Cars Non Recyclable batteries
    = 5 – 10 yrs.
    Makes more WASTE than the last 50 yrs. Of Steel Cars

  50. Jessica Coneja on April 27, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Exactly what the last guy said, the problem with the waist is that the tap is not turned off. Companies that make the products that become waist should be held accountable. Recycling is great to re purpose and keep people employed, but they still have to use all kinds of chemicals, pollutants and energy to re purpose these products. So they are getting precious metals such as gold, woo hoo. News flash you can’t eat gold and you can’t grow food that’s been polluted by chemicals going into the land where you grow your food genius. 😒

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