Urban Mining – Are you throwing away gold?

by Adam on April 11, 2013

You may not have given it any thought, but when you throw away your old electronics, you could be throwing away GOLD!
Millions of pounds worth of gold and silver are sitting in landfills around the world in the form of precious metals hidden away in the components that make up our outdated electronics.
  • $21 billion worth of gold and silver are used to make electronics every year.
  • Precious metals recovered from electronic waste waste can be 50x richer than ores mined from the ground.
  • Up to to 50 million tons of electronic waste are estimated to be scrapped every year worldwide.

 

It’s an interesting story, although it might not be worth the time and effort on a personal level…but collectively, it’s a different story!
There’s wealth all around us.

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