Environmental effects of gold mining

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Tons of waste produced from gold mining

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Tons of waste produced from gold mining

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The environmental effects of gold mining...
are not pleasant. It relies heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and produces so much waste that it is hard to grasp it. See below how much waste the gold to make a single gold ring produces.

Top 5 facts about waste from gold mining

1

Inconceivable amounts of waste

Every 42 seconds, gold mining produces the weight of the Eiffel Tower in waste. In less than 5 days, you could cover the city of Paris with “Waste” Towers.


2

The true price of jewelry

80% of all gold is made into jewelry. The gold used to make a single gold ring produces 26 tons of mine waste - the weight of more than 7 African elephants.


3

Mine waste is highly polluting

Gold is extracted by using cyanide - a very toxic chemical. A dose the size of a single rice grain can kill you. Some mines use several tons of cyanide every day destroying vast amounts of land. Gold mining also produces large amounts of mercury pollution.


4

It makes you think

"If humanity knew the truth about gold mining, and how much harm it generates, things would begin to change." Mariano Fiestas, San Lorenzo Valley, Peru.


5

What to do?

We share a responsibility for the destructive effects of mining. Ask questions about the products you buy and the materials they are made from - and remember that recycling helps to avoid mining.



Waste from gold mining

This is a rough estimate. The gold used to make a single gold ring of 9.4 grams produces around 26 tons of mine waste. Consequently, the annual production of 2,700 tons of gold produces about 7.5 billion tons of waste.


Inconceivable amounts of waste

The true price of jewelry

Mine waste is highly polluting

It makes you think

What to do?

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