Harness e-waste, not Earth, say scientists – BBC News BBC Homepage

  • Victoria Gill
  • Science Correspondent, BBC News

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Smartphones contain about 30 different elements, some of which are running out on Earth.

There is an urgent need to accelerate the recycling of e-waste, scientists say, as mining precious metals for making new gadgets is unsustainable.

According to a study, the mountain of electronic devices discarded in the world would weigh 57 million tons in the year 2021 alone.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) believes that there now needs to be a global effort to mine this waste, rather than mining the Earth.

Global conflicts also pose a threat to precious metals supply chains.

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Harness e-waste, not Earth, say scientists – BBC News BBC Homepage


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