japan finds rare earths in pacific seabed

Researchers in Japan have discovered significant despotises of rare earth minerals, a vital part of the production process of modern-day appliances and gadgetry. It has been estimated over 100bn tons of the rare materials have been found beneath the Pacific Ocean.

This certainly is a significant find. If it’s viable to mine these rare earths then this will certainly alleviate, in the long term, the manufacturing industry’s reliability on China from where 97% of these minerals originate. However, WEEE Systems also encourages more of the leading responsible organisations to transform ewaste into reusable materials for the onward manufacturing process Material transformation streamlines the value chain, reducing overall costs as well as creating new revenues and business opportunities for clients and partners and support organisations’ compliance with CSR targets and the upcoming WEEE Directive.

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