Exurban to build the world’s first zero waste smelter to recycle e-waste

23 May 2022

Exurban, an international company established to set new standards in e-waste recycling, today announced plans to open a major new facility at Fort Wayne, Indiana in the United States. The plant will have the capability to retrieve all valuable metals including copper, gold and silver from e-waste (discarded electrical and electronic materials such as mobile phones, computers and televisions).

Every year millions of tons of e-waste are buried in landfill or shipped overseas, often to the developing world, where poorly regulated disposal has appalling consequences for health and for the environment. This is an urgent and growing environmental issue recognised by both national governments and the United Nations. Exurban will invest more than $340 million developing the world’s first zero waste smelter and refinery designed specifically to treat e-waste and other complex non-ferrous scrap regionally. The plant will recover and recycle critical metals that would otherwise be discarded. The new facility will occupy 77 acres, located at Adams Township Industrial Park in Fort Wayne.

Exurban, which is headquartered in the UK, brings together unparalleled global expertise in metals, recycling, finance and entrepreneurship to deliver a more sustainable e-industry. 

Jean-Paul Deco, Co-founder of Exurban USA said:
“We are excited to announce the site of the world’s first zero waste smelter refinery to offer a domestic, low carbon, circular solution to the global challenge of e-waste. We are delighted with the welcome we have been given in Indiana and I am proud that the plant we are announcing today will set new standards in recycling critical metals from discarded waste streams."

The Fort Wayne plant will be the first developed by Exurban, employing proven technology in new configurations to recycle waste.

Stefan Boel - Chairman of Exurban said:  
“Our investment in Fort Wayne, Indiana is a major milestone for Exurban and makes an important contribution to meeting the environmental challenge of e-waste. This is just the start of a journey. Working with key supply partners we share the vision to expand around the world in this fast-growing market".

Exurban joins more than 90 UK companies with locations in Indiana.

The Governor of Indiana Eric J Holcomb said:
“With its significant investment and hiring plans, Exurban will create the first zero waste smelter that will generate significant economic impacts throughout the region for generations. When US Secretary of Commerce, Brad Chambers and I met with Exurban’s leadership, we were impressed with their global expertise in metals and knew a close partnership would allow us to help shape a sustainable world together.” 

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) committed an investment in Exurban of up to $2.5 million in the form of incentive-based tax credits and $200,000 in conditional training grants, based on the company’s job creation plans. The new plant will create up to 200 new jobs by the end of 2026.

Media Contacts:
Exurban email: contact@exurban.co.uk

IEDC email: Melissa Thomas mthomas@iedc.in.gov

About Exurban
Exurban brings together unparalleled global expertise in metals, recycling finance and entrepreneurship to develop the world’s first zero waste smelters and refiners, purpose designed to treat e-waste and other complex non-ferrous scrap regionally. Exurban is deploying proven technology in novel configurations to set new standards in recycling e-waste. Learn more at exurban.co.uk.

About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is charged with growing the State economy, driving economic development, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Led by Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers, @SecChambersIN, and governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, @GovHolcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit iedc.in.gov.


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