When the Noranda Mine closed in 1976, Horne Smelter had no choice but to find a solution if it was to continue operating. In addition to receiving concentrates from different mines, the company also turned to recycling electronics and small electrical appliances to fuel its process.
The electronics recycling circuit was built and commissioned in 1984. Nearly 40 years later, Horne Smelter is recognized worldwide for its ability to handle a variety of feedstocks, including end-of-life electronic equipment containing copper and precious metals from customers around the globe and Glencore Recycling. The recycling system recovers virtually all of the precious metals and copper contained in the approximately 110,000 metric tonnes of recycled material received annually.