Depletion of natural resources

Recycling metals, plastics, glass and other materials is vital for future worldwide sustainability.Using recycled materials such as ferrous metal in production is more energy efficient, results in a lower carbon footprint and helps preserve diminishing natural resources.

In this section, you will find information which deals with the depletion of natural resources, terms used to describe the state of affairs in this field, the gradual but systematic shift to secondary raw materials, as well as further sources of information on this subject matter.

What does the term "world mineral reserves" mean?

Use of raw materials and economic development

Is sustainable economic development possible?

Landfills - The urban mines of the future

"New" scrap and "old" scrap

Some statistics on metal recovery from waste

Carbon footprint

What materials are contained in a mobile telephone?

Innovative resource recovery in an era of resource scarcity