Here the classic conflict of interest needs to be solved: A recycling society that aims to conserve resources would have to stop exports to destinations where an effective EoL management cannot be secured. From a social and development aid perspective, the export of, in particular, functioning IT devices makes sense ("bridging the digital divide"). There is no simple answer to this dilemma, but both targets cannot be achieved at the same time.

standards deteriorate to save costs. Hopefully this will not lead to a disregard of sustainability issues, in general, and efforts to close metal cycles, in particular. Despite the current effects of the economic crisis, the fundamental market drivers for precious and special metals are not expected to change significantly, and their resource efficient use and recycling remains crucial.

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