Our devices, smartphones and tablets connect us to our world. They’re powerful computers we can carry around with us.

Scroll down to see what’s inside your device.


Our devices are full of valuable resources that can be recovered and recycled when they reach the end of their useful life.

So when they become out-of-use, we need to recycle them and recover these valuable resources so they can continue their journey.


Plastic - Used in the outer device casing.


Aluminum - Used in the battery casing of the device.


Graphite - Used in lithium-ion batteries because of its thermal and electrical conductivity.

Copper - The average cellphone battery contains 3.5 grams of copper.


Gold - Used in circuit boards because of its electrical conductivity.

Silver - Silver-based inks are used in composite boards to create electrical pathways.

Tin and Lead - Used to solder electronics.

Palladium - Used in connector plating and in ceramic capacitors.

Neodymium - Used in the magnets in the speaker and microphone.

Tantalum - Added to capacitors to regulate voltage.


Tungsten - Acts as a heat sink and provides mass for phone vibration.


Aluminosilicate Glass - Used to make glass with a greater strength.


Terbium and Dysprosium - Used in touchscreens to produce the colours in the screen display.

Gallium - Used to produce the LED (Bauxite is a primary source of Gallium).


Indium - Used in the transparent film on the screen that conducts electricity allowing for touch-screen functionality.


More than 80% of the materials in a cellphone can be recycled.

Recycling one million cellphones yields:

  • 34 kg of gold
  • 350 kilograms of silver
  • 15 kilograms of palladium
  • 16+ tonnes of copper


The future is in your hands. Don’t let it go to waste.™

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