Helping our customers to reuse and decompress landfills and/or reduce waste disposal management costs.

Today, customers can pay for another actor in the chain to manage and/or dispose of their waste, or accumulate it in their on-site dumps.


Elecmetal’s circular economy area was created in 2022 and has three objectives:

  1. Maximize the recovery of other products.
  2. Implement the polyfit or rubber recovery plant.
  3. Separate scrap (steel balls), components similar in shape to liners, but with a different composition.

Regarding the polyfit plant, it is a unique solution in the national market, which allows the separation of steel from rubber through a plant. Thus, it is estimated that it is possible to recycle 2 thousand tons* of rubber per year.

Regarding scrap separation, this is a plant that can differentiate between the magnetite (ore) and the ball that is discarded from the milling process. This initiative is in a test phase. The plant was installed in central Chile and is expected to be mobilized to our customers’ mining sites in the short term. It is estimated that the amount of waste to be recirculated could reach 80 thousand tons* per year, which can be sold to steel suppliers.

*Note: the estimates of tons to be recirculated in both cases will depend on the plant configuration and production capacity.

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“I started with circularity issues in 2022. I started the challenge by researching and reading different models (…) it is a very powerful topic, especially in mining. We are all supplier companies and customers in the same: avoiding the use of raw materials and circularizing as much as possible”.

“With steel we do the recycling of steel liners in a natural way and some time ago we opened ourselves to look for more solutions in the same line, hand in hand with the customer”.

Manuel Maureira, Ingeniero Senior Económia Circular Elecmenta

The initiative will benefit all of our customers who process copper, either concentrate or cathode:

  • Pelambres
  • Collahuasi
  • Escondida
  • Anglo American
  • Chinalco
  • Centinela
  • Candelaria
  • Caserones
  • Quebrada Blanca
  • Spence
  • Antaparcay
  • Codelco Chuquicamata
  • Codelco MInistro Hales
  • Codelco Teniente
  • Codelco Andina


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