Teck Resources is investing in two of its British Columbia operations. Teck will invest $210 million at its Trail Operations to significantly increase its capacity to recycle end-of-life electronic waste (e-waste) and $475 million in a mill modernization project at Highland Valley Copper. “These projects will improve the long-term viability of two of our key operations,” said Don Lindsay, president and CEO.

Last year, Teck recycled just over 13,000 mt of e-waste at its Trail Operations and this project will increase the company’s capacity to recycle end-of-life electronic components, helping to keep them out of landfills and allowing for the recovery and reuse of valuable metals.

The 40-year old mill at Highland Valley Copper will be modernized and will extend the life of the mill to match the expected mine life. The project is also expected to increase mill throughput by approximately 10% and copper recoveries by approximately 2%. Construction will begin immediately, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

“We have significantly extended the life of the Highland Valley Copper mine in recent years, and the modernization of the mill makes sense, especially given the expected increases in throughput and copper recoveries,” said Lindsay.