There's gold in them there recycled mobiles (sorry)

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Today’s horrifying statistic: less than 1% of discarded mobiles are actually recycled, despite being loaded not only with precious metals, but toxic sludge.  Hopefully by appealing to basic human nature – greed, that is – that can change. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that a whopping 500 million unused mobiles are lying around in desk drawers, which can be converted right into cash by companies such as The Recycling Factory. (And while you’re at it, sell off those used ink cartridges you’ve got lying around too.) [GT]

Recycled Cell Phones—A Treasure Trove of Valuable Metals [via WorldChanging]

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Gabrielle Taylor