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

to see what’s inside your device.

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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.

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Plastic - Used in the outer device casing.

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Aluminum - Used in the casing of the device

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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).

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

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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

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