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 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.