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A smart­phone con­tains around 40 dif­fer­ent crit­i­cal raw ma­te­ri­als, with a con­cen­tra­tion of gold 25 to 30 times that of the rich­est pri­mary gold ores.

The Ur­ban Mine Plat­form – tracks the flows of pre­cious me­tals and other raw ma­te­ri­als in prod­ucts, whether they are cur­rently in use or at the end- of-life stage - has put to­gether a data­base of valu­able ma­te­ri­als avail­able for re­cov­ery from scrap ve­hi­cles, spent bat­ter­ies and waste elec­tri­cal equip­ment has been cre­ated.

The data­base re­veals the amount of valu­able ma­te­ri­als in the EU’s dis­carded ve­hi­cles, bat­ter­ies, com­put­ers, phones, gad­gets and ap­pli­ances to­tals roughly 18 mil­lion tonnes, equiv­a­lent to the weight of around three mil­lion ele­phants.

It was also noted that

Re­cov­er­ing ma­te­ri­als from high tech prod­ucts pro­duces 80 per­cent less car­bon diox­ide emis­sions com­pared to tak­ing it out of the ground.

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