Due to the lack of suitable recycling methods, 80% of waste ends up in landfill which is having a devastating affect on our planet. Precious metals are no exceptions with tons of precious metals being thrown away every year. However, the demand for silver, gold and other precious metals continues to soar.

$57 billion in gold, silver and copper are found in waste each year

– United Nations’ Global E-waste Monitor 2020

Additionally, modern metal mining operations actively destroy landscapes and produce toxic waste, posing major threats to our ecosystem. However, there is one small step we can all take to reduce our environmental impact and it’s as simple as recycling.

The effects of metal mining on the environment
Source: Green Tumble

Toxic Waste

For every 0.333 ounces of a gold ring, we generate about 20 tons of toxic waste.

– Brilliant Earth

The waste produced from making gold contains toxic cyanide that can easily seep into soil and groundwater, creating serious long-term impacts on people and the environment.

Polluted Water

Mining companies dump at least 180 million tons of toxic waste into rivers, lakes, and oceans every year.

Brilliant Earth

Dumping toxic was directly into water, causes cyanide spills and acid mine drainage. As such, natural water sources can become contaminated with metals such as cadmium, arsenic, and lead. These chemicals are toxic to humans, causing liver diseases, skin cancer, tumors and serious impairments in children.

Create something positive from the negative

At The Gold Company Group, we believe that humans have the power to make positive changes. By recycling your unused metals, you can breathe new life into them and save the environment. It’s a win-win solution.

If that broken gold bracelet of yours could be transformed and repurposed, you could save 20 tons of toxic waste from destroying the environment. At the Gold Company Group, we put unwanted metals to good use, helping you to reduce waste and recycle.

Are you looking to recycle and take one step towards saving the planet? Click here to request a GoldPak and turn your waste into treasure!

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