6.3.2 The urban mine

Course subject(s) Module 6. Thinking in Systems


According to Ester, urban mines are available and accessible in each country. Urban mines are above ground stocks of metals – as opposed to the underground stocks of metal ores. In a Circular Economy, using our urban mines is a great way to access locally available metals and create a buffer against metal supply disruptions.

A railway track can be regarded as an urban mine. Abandoned railway tracks can be ‘mined’ for their high-quality steel rails.

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