The next generation of electronics will be in the same format, but its more expensive to recycle copper than to recycle silver.
A new report from the US Department of Energy finds that copper recycling rates are as low as 5%, compared to 7% for silver and 6% for zinc.
“These are really, really low rates of recycling, so it doesn’t mean that there’s not a lot of copper in the world,” said Chris Kocher, senior technologist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
“It’s just that we’re not recycling it as quickly and as effectively as we could be.”
According to the report, which was released this week, a large chunk of the copper used in electronics comes from the United States, China, Canada and Russia.
But the report found that about 10% of that copper is used in the United Kingdom, where the recycling rate is lower.NREL is the world’s largest repository of data on the world market for copper, which accounts for nearly 80% of the global supply.
Copper is used to make many different types of electronics, including LCD screens, wireless routers, and laptop batteries.
It also helps produce many other materials, including some that are considered to be recyclable, such as paper, cardboard and aluminum.
The report finds that recycling rates for metals are similar to the recycling rates of copper, and that silver and zinc are also recyclables.
The cheapest copper recycling rate, however, is only about 3%, and recycling rates in the silver and bronze industries are higher than for copper.
The recycling rates reported in the NREL report for copper are not based on actual recycling rates.
The recycling rates from NREL were taken from the annual data submitted by the US National Energy Board (NEB), which tracks the use of energy resources in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
The NREL data covers the period from 2005 to 2015, when the US was one of the world leaders in energy use.
The NEB also publishes annual statistics on copper recycling in its annual report, and it uses the NREAs data to calculate recycling rates based on a formula that uses a weighted average of recycling rates and the recycling value of the raw material.
The report says that this formula is based on “a combination of the total volume of copper used per unit of output in the economy and the total number of units of output that are recycled”.
The report notes that a 5% recycling rate could mean recycling the same amount of copper as silver or zinc, but the actual recycling rate depends on the market price of copper.
“If you’re paying for the copper, the silver or the zinc and the electricity that goes into the plant to power the copper plant, you’re going to get the same number of ounces of copper per ounce of silver or gold,” said Koccher.
“And if you’re looking at the raw materials, it’s a very, very small number.
So we have to assume that it’s much more valuable.”
According a NREL spokesperson, the recycling price for copper is a combination of copper recycling costs and the amount of scrap metal in the country.
The spokesperson also said that the report’s findings on the recycling of copper do not include any impact from the introduction of the $13.5bn US-Mexico Border Patrol Reinvestment and Development Act in the wake of the BP oil spill.
“The report does not include the effect of the Reinvestments Act on copper, or the cost of the cost-benefit analysis, and does not take into account the effect that the Act may have on the amount or quality of the US copper,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson also noted that the NREG is looking into the issue.
Kocher says that the study’s results do not necessarily mean that copper would be better for the environment, because it may also be cheaper to recycle the same quantity of aluminum.
He said that some recycling options may even be more environmentally friendly than copper.
While copper recycling has been increasing in popularity, Kocber says that some metals like zinc are being phased out, and copper is in decline.
“As far as I know, there’s no indication that copper has a future,” he said.
“I don’t think it will be around much longer.”NREL also found that the cost to recycle metals is relatively high in the recycling industry, and the report says the industry may be over-investing in recycling technologies.
“We found that for metals, there is a cost to recycling copper at least compared to silver and gold,” the report said.
According to Kocer, the reason for this may be that the recycling costs are higher for metals than for the more common recyclability metals, like copper.
According Kocers analysis, it is also possible that the industry is over-optimistic about the cost savings of copper and that it is overestimating the benefits of recycling the metal.
“We found there may