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Recycling Rates of Smartphone Elements

The Recycling Rates of Smartphone Metals

Infographic showing the recycling rate of metals found in our phones. Of the metals shown, only eight have a recycling rate greater than 50%, and all but one of the remainder have a recycling rate of less than 10%.
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Regular readers will spot that today’s post is a bit of a twist on an old post from the site’s archives, which looked at the elements present in a smartphone and the roles that they play. In this updated version, I wanted to highlight which elements in your smartphone will actually get recycled at the end of its lifetime – and which we could be doing a better job at salvaging and re-using!

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The Chemical Elements of a Smartphone

Infographic showing the elements used in the components of different parts of a phone. Full details are provided in the text below.
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There are an isolated few graphics online that look at elements involved in the manufacture of a smartphone – for example, this ‘Periodic Table of iPhones’ – but there’s remarkably little easily accessible information out there that details the specific compounds used for specific purposes in mobile phones. This probably isn’t surprising since these details are probably kept under the lock and key of patent laws and the like; however, I tried my best with this graphic to provide a little more detail about specific uses, an undertaking that took a lot more effort than I initially expected!

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