The system will generate valuable products while diverting waste from landfills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Samsung plans to invest in seven areas of research into new materials to substitute for rare earth metals.
A shortage of rare earth metals, used in everything from electric car batteries to solar panels to wind turbines, is hampering the growth of renewable energy technologies.
At a time of growing resources shortages, electronic waste is a treasure trove of opportunity.
The newly formed Canadian Rare Earth Elements Network could secure 20% of the global demand for separated critical rare earth products by 2018.
Chinese researchers have discovered a way to recycle rare earth elements from wastewater.