Mint Innovation has won the Innovation Australia Energy and Renewables award for its world-leading efforts to recycle gold and other precious metals from old tech devices.
In world-first process it uses natural biomass and smart chemistry - in its Sydney factory. Old devices such as computers, smartphones, gaming
consoles and washing machines are put on a conveyor belt, where a hammer
mill breaks them down to the size of a sand granule. The chemical
process then separates the metals and bakes them into a commercially valuable gold-laden ash - for use in new electronics and jewelry.