Urban myths, money and mining

Waste harvesting works not because it is ethical but because it makes money. Miriam Heale looks at the lucrative trade of urban mining everything from road dust to polluted water

New technology is used to retrieve microscopic amounts of metal from road dust (credit: SamAndersLeeds/CC BY-SA 2.0)
New technology is used to retrieve microscopic amounts of metal from road dust (credit: SamAndersLeeds/CC BY-SA 2.0)

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