Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform to stimulate Circular Economy
Urban Mining includes the practice of retrieving valuable compounds, elements and resources from products, buildings and waste. Led by the WEEE Forum, the association of 33 producer compliance schemes, the first urban mine knowledge data platform will be unveiled.
The project is intended to deliver a centralized database on the arising, stock and flow of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end of life vehicles (ELV), batteries and mining wastes. More information regarding the database can be found on the website of ‘the Prospecting Secondary Raw Materials in the Urban Mine and Mining Wastes’ project.
Currently, data on secondary raw materials are produced by different institutions such as government agencies, universities, Non Governmental Organizations and industries leading to different databases, formats and reports which are therefore difficult to compare or collect. The result, a cohesive database, is currently in the end-user testing phase. The database could be used to improve the management of recycled materials. This is done by providing insight into past trends and future risings for products and materials. Accordingly, this information can be used to enhance recycling knowledge to positively influence the circular economy where today’s goods are tomorrow’s resources.