The treasure trove inside your unused mobile

Last Modified: Tue Aug 16 2016 06:21:20 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 1 tonne
    or 6,000 mobile headsets hold a treasure trove of metals with potential to be extracted according to University of NSW's Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT).
  • 130 kgs
    copper
  • 3.5 kgs
    silver
  • 340 gms
    gold
  • 140 gms
    palladium
  • 42 million tonnes
    of obsolete equipment was generated worldwide by the electronics industry according to the United Nations Environment Program estimates. At present most e-waste are taken to "mega-smelters" for recycling or manually in developing countries.
  • $70 billion
    worth of embedded resources. "Mining our waste stockpiles makes sense for the economy and the environment," according to Professor Sahajwalla, leading UNSW's SMaRT program which is developing a proto-type micro-smelter to so do.