The use of electric and electronic products has increased significantly over the past few years. Shorter product lifecycles, and the growing number of ways in which these products can be used, is making them more of a burden on our environment. Recycling these products provides a viable, environmentally-friendly alternative to landfill or other disposal methods.
Our Horne smelter, located in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada, has been recovering copper and precious metals from end-of-life electronics for over 30 years.
Horne smelter is one of the world’s largest recyclers of electronic products. We close the loop between processors, manufacturers and consumers.
We receive end-of-life electronics from North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The materials are sampled for accurate value determination and processed to produce copper anodes. These are shipped to our CCR Refinery in Montreal for further refinement into products for sale.
To facilitate local electronics recovery, the Horne smelter holds a community Recycling Day each year. The public is encouraged to bring in their unwanted electronic equipment for recycling and invited onsite to learn more about copper and precious metal recycling, as well as our environmental performance. Since we started this programme in 2007, our Recycling Day has attracted over 10,000 people, and diverted significant quantities of end-of-life electronics from local landfills.