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Urban Mining
Year: 2019
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Kurt Langbein and Andrea Ernst

A co-production by ORF/3sat and Langbein & Partner funded by Austrian Television Fund, Vienna Film Fund and VAM
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Languages: German (ORIGINAL)
Format: 16:9

Urban Mining

Wenn die Rohstoffe knapp werden - Bauen mit Schutt

Our demand for raw materials is enormous and the mineral and ore mines can hardly keep up with the growing demand. Weirdly, we're surrounded by raw materials!  They're in our cars, in the underground tunnels we use to travel to work, in the pavement that leads to our houses, in the bridges we cross, and they're in our homes. In European cities, there are approx. 4.500 kg of iron, 340 kg of aluminum, 200 kg of copper, 40 kg of zinc and 210 kg of lead attributed to each inhabitant. Today, a 100-square-metre flat contains around 7,500 kilograms of metal. In urban mining, these raw materials are recovered at the end of their life cycle. This can cover about one third of the demand - or more, if attention is paid to this in the construction and design of products.
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