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For my final project in Metals, Mining and the Environment, I investigated what actually happens to electronic waste (e-waste). I explored the technical feasibility and economic viability of recovering various compounds and elements. My final deliverable for the class was the following graphic exploring the recyclability of a desktop computer.


  • Larmer, Brook. “E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5 July 2018,
  • United Nations Environment Programme. “E-Waste Volume I.” United Nations Environment Programme, 2007,
  • Bakas et al. “Critical metals in discarded electronics: Mapping recycling potentials from selected waste electronics in the Nordic region.” Nordic Co-operation, Nordic Council of Ministers, 2016,