Did you know that mining one ton of iPhones would yield 9.72 oz. of gold? What’s more impressive is that this is 324 times more gold than ore from Peru’s Yanacocha gold mine. Humans have had a long history of re-use. In 19th century England, rag-and-bone men collected discarded rags and clothing for cash – these were subsequently turned into cotton paper (higher quality than today’s wood pulp paper).
Are smart phones the next mine for urban recycler? The recycling value of an 8GB iPhone 3GS is worth $175 in valuable minerals. Check out this infographic to see if there are enough incentives for you to strip your old smartphones.
By the team at 911 Metallurgist