Environment: speed up e-waste recycling, scientists say

  • Victoria Hill
  • BBC News correspondent

Smartphones contain about 30 different elements, some of which end on Earth.

Photo credit, Royal Chemical Society

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Smartphones contain about 30 different elements, some of which end on Earth.

According to scientists, there is an urgent need to speed up the processing of electronic waste, as the extraction of precious metals for the manufacture of new gadgets is unviable.

According to research, the mountain of discarded electronic devices in the world in 2021 alone weighs 57 million tons.

The Royal Chemical Society (RSC) believes that global efforts are now needed to extract this waste, not to extract the Earth.

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