Your cell phone is an environmental gold mine (infographic)

Did you know that approximately 96% of the materials in an average mobile device can be recycled? There are valuable precious metals, such as gold, that were once extracted from the Earth that can be recycled to make new products rather than mining for more.

It takes a lot out of the environment to manufacture the products that we enjoy every day. The product lifecycle of your cell phone has shortened significantly over recent years due to the increased demand for cutting edge technology. How often do we buy a brand new cell phone, only for it to be considered outdated within months?

Did you know that approximately 96% of the materials in an average mobile device can be recycled? There are valuable precious metals, such as gold, that were once extracted from the Earth that can be recycled to make new products rather than mining for more.

So how much gold can be extracted from cell phones? 150 grams of gold go into every tonne of cell phone circuitry. To put this into perspective, one tonne of mobile phone circuit boards can produce the same amount of precious metals as 110 tonnes of gold ore.

Before you think about throwing your mobile device in the garbage, consider the environmental impact of your decision. Recycle it! There are over 3,000 drop off locations across Canada. Alternatively, why not be a local environmental hero and sell your cell phone on Kijiji and expand the product lifecycle?

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