21 Oct 2017

Golden Bugs: mining e-waste for gold

From This Way Up, 12:30 pm on 21 October 2017

There aren't too many options for recycling your old computers, laptops, phones and tablets here in NZ - most of it gets dumped in landfill or sent overseas.

But now a company in Auckland has developed a way to mine precious metals like gold, silver and palladium using bacteria.

Simon Morton gets a tour of Mint Innovation's Auckland headquarters with CEO Will Barker and chief scientist Dr Ollie Crush.