Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

Category: Engineering
Author: Adam Minter
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by jseliger   2018-03-30
The same thing that happened when China "cornered" the rare earth metals market: other mines were opened and a temporary advantage mostly disappeared.

The same will happen here.

In addition, cobalt can be recycled from existing batteries, but it is currently not economical to do so. When you can trade existing batteries to Best Buy for a couple bucks, you'll know the price of cobalt (or nickel, or lithium) is genuinely high.

People interested should read Junkyard Planet: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Junkyard-Planet-Travels-Billion-Dol...