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).
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.
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.