Metal-lifespan analysis shows scale of waste

Read the full story in Nature.

Metals might be the foundation of the modern economy, but that doesn’t mean they stick around.

A study looking at the economic lifetimes of 61 commercially used metals finds that more than half have a lifespan of less than 10 years. The research, published on 19 May in Nature Sustainability, also shows that most of these metals end up being disposed of or lost in large quantities, rather than being recycled or reused.

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