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Metal Recycling for the Planet and Profit

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Metal Recycling for the Planet and Profit

Time: July 8, 2017 from 9am to 12pm
Location: Northey St City Farm
Street: 16 Victoria St
City/Town: Windsor
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Event Type: workshop
Organized By: NSCF
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2017

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Metals are so ubiquitous in our modern world that we seldom pause to consider where they came from and the processing steps that were necessary to produce them.

In this workshop we will learn how some common metals are manufactured and the environmental impacts associated with these manufacturing processes. We will then go on to learn how to identify and recover common metals and how they can be recovered and recycled for profit.

Scrap recovered from used white goods, old car batteries and old cooking pots and pans, some outdoor furniture and other common household items can all be sold for scrap. Scrapping is a great way to help the environment and earn some extra cash.

The workshop will discuss the relative values of different metals, where they are commonly found and where they can be sold. Concepts such as embodied energy and embodied carbon will be introduced and explained to workshop participants.The workshop will also include a demonstration on how to scrap used whitegoods to recover the metals that are saleable for scrap.

Participants are encouraged to bring any non-working white goods (except refrigerators) to be used in practical demonstrations as well as small hand tools (such as screwdrivers / allen keys / plyers and shifting spanners).

Ben graduated with an honours degree in Chemical Engineering and subsequently completed a Masters Degree in Business and Technology management that included Energy Management and Environmental Management studies. He has worked as an energy auditor as part the NSW Sustainability Advantage Program and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland (RPEQ).

Ben is also a passionate environmentalist and is an avid dumpster diver and recycler.

Ben grew up in Sydney before moving to Brisbane with his family about 8 years ago. In his spare time Ben enjoys playing piano and guitar and spending time with his kids.

Cost: $60/$45 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee

Sat. 8 July 2017

9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Northey Street City Farm

16 Victoria Street



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