Landfill mining could be future of recycling

The Scottish Government has commissioned a feasibility study from Zero Waste Scotland, which is due to report this spring.

The magazine Materials Recycling World says Scotland is thought to be the first UK authority to ­consider “landfill mining” to extract valuable materials such as plastic and metal.

Other items could be used to heat homes by fuelling incinerators producing energy from waste.

And mining could extract precious “rare earth” materials used in electronics such as mobile phones.


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