The Opportunity of E-Waste

E-Waste can take the shape of any electronic device that has reached the end of its life. These electronic devices are an amalgamation of more than 60% of elements from the periodic table. Up to 69 elements from the periodic table are found in an electronic device. Elements that are found include gold, silver, copper, platinum, palladium, indium, germanium, bismuth, and antimony. Out of all these elements, gold is the one that marks the highest concentration. E-waste usually contains 280g of gold per tonne of e-waste, highlighting the necessity to transform 280g of waste into growth.

There are serious concerns among the global electronics industry value chain regarding the availability and supply of new materials for electrical and electronic devices in the future age. With E-Waste containing so many metals and minerals, there remains a certain opportunity for value recovery.

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