Forgotten mobiles

Did you know that if every guest at a medium-sized wedding brought along an old mobile phone to recycle, there would be enough gold recovered to create both wedding rings?

Shut the front door!

Mobile phones contain gold and silver? This infographic shows why we should think twice before throwing them away. You won’t look at your phone the same way again.

Over 90% of the materials used in mobiles and accessories can be recovered. The materials can be used to make everything from stainless steel to plastic fence posts. They also contain precious metals that can be extracted and reused to make new products. In fact, recycling 50,000 handsets can remove the need to mine 110 tonnes of gold ore.

Drop off your old mobile at your nearest City library or Neighbourhood Service Centre today.

Whatever you do, don't let mobiles end up in landfill. Not only are they full of resources, they are not biodegradable and can turn toxic and leak heavy metals, which can pollute our soil and drinking water.
Recycle your old mobile phones at your nearest library or neighbourhood centre today.

Last updated: Wednesday, 2 April 2014