urban mining

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to "conventional" waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions (compared to plastic production for example). Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from landfilling).


On the new website of PUMA (Prospecting Urban Mines of Amsterdam) you’ll find the first prospecting map of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) as a mining area for steel and copper. Houses contain as much steel and copper to be able to see them as source of materials on the long-term.


Our project developer Karien Vermeulen talks to the Dutch Education magazine about our experience with creating GPS routes and urban mining in the classroom.


On 18 November the Dutch television organisation KRO broadcasted a report about tin mining.