Mobile Phone Recycling Yields around 1500 Kg of Gold
It’s amazing to note the quantity of precious metals such as nickel, palladium, silver and gold, which are used in the manufacturing of present-day technological gadgets. Mobile phones consist of some of the rare elements found on Earth. The depleting supply of these important elements has resulted in countries like Japan rapidly running out of resources required for the production of new phones.
A recently carried out survey by the government indicated that around 1500 kg of gold is contained in a total of 100 million mobile phones put together. This implies that if 100 million mobile phones are dumped in the landfills, we actually end up losing close to 1500 kg of valuable gold. This harm is nowhere in comparison to the kind of impact that such inappropriate disposal of mobile phones can have on our environment. Harmful sources such as lithium batteries etc. contained in the electronic gadgets can be highly detrimental for our planet.
If you combine all such factors such as the requirement for gold for creation of fresh electronic gadgets and the overall impact of dumping electronic devices into the landfills, there is no choice but to opt for mobile phone recycling.
Mobile phone recycling also provides users with the option to earn some handy cash. Manufacturing companies are more than willing nowadays to pay handsome price for mobile phones turned in for recycling. These companies send the working models to the Third World countries for their use among the needy people and the rest to recycling plants where the precious and rare metals in them are extracted for manufacturing of fresh products.