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2011-09-16 09:10:56

As of 2005, around 15 million tons of copper were being produced each year from mineral extraction. This number has been steadily growing for the last 100 years (although copper has been used by humans for over 10,000 years, 95% of all copper ever produced has been extracted since 1900).

Although there are vast amounts of copper in the earth's crust, only a tiny fraction of it can be mined in a practical and cost-effective way using current technology. This viable copper reserve is estimated to last about 60 years at current projected growth rates. Recycling of copper is, therefore, an important part of copper production and will continue to be so.

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