An integrated biohydrometallurgical process for metal recovery from electronic wastes

CSIRO Cutting Edge Science and Engineering Symposium, 2019 • Clayton, Victoria Australia


Jonovan Van Yken

Completing PhD at Murdoch University

Talk summary

The treatment and recycling of electronic waste (e-waste) is an increasing waste management issue with global consequences. It is estimated that globally approximately 20–50 million tonnes of e-waste is generated annually, with a growth rate of 3-5% per annum. In Australia the majority of the unrecycled waste is sent to landfill. This contributes to 70% of the toxic chemicals in landfill, representing a large source of land and water contamination. E-waste is considered an important secondary resource because of its high metal content, and subsequent value. In 2014, the value of e-waste in Australia was estimated at US$370 M, with waste printed circuit boards (PCBs) accounting for US$150 M. With declining global mineral resources, recovering these metal values from e-waste is becoming increasingly attractive. Currently, no economically feasible technology is available to facilitate metal recovery in Australia.

About this talk




On May 27th, 2019


CSIRO Cutting Edge Science and Engineering Symposium, 2019 (go to website)


Clayton, Victoria Australia

Audience size

In front of 45 people