QUEBEC - XSTRATA COPPER, the world's largest recycler of copper and precious metals from electronic scrap, is going to double that capacity at its Horne smelter in Rouyn-Noranda. When the project is complete, the smelter will be able to treat 100,000 tonnes of electronic scrap per year.
The main aspect of the project will be the modification of the Horne's receiving and sampling processes. The expansion will be done in two phases to be completed in January 2010.
Already the European Union requires that all electronic scrap be recycled. Xstrata believes similar laws will be adopted in other countries, ensuring a long-term supply of material for the smelter.
Xstrata Copper is part of the Xstrata family of companies. See www.Xstrata.com.