A jeweller has been ordered by his local council to hand over gold dust swept up from his workshop floor so that it can be taken to a tip.
John Doble, 50, who runs businesses in Torquay and Brixham, collects tiny gold particles from the floor and benches of his workshop and sells them to a specialist dealer for about £2,000 a year.
Torbay Council has ruled that the gold dust is commercial waste and has asked him to prove that he disposes of it properly. Mr Doble says that the authority refuses to believe that he is not putting it into his dustbin.
The metals business, and the precious metals business in particular, recycles more of its production than any other industry on earth.
Tehre are markets (gallium for example, rhenium, plus those precious metals) where recycled material forms the majority by far of the annual marketplace, hugely greater than the virgin material newly extracted.
That we\’ve got some ignorant jobsworth questioning the practices of this, the most efficient (in this sense of preserving virgin resources) industry doesn\’t surprise me but it does amuse me.