We can finally reuse billions worth of gold from discarded smartphones – here’s how

Electronic waste and what we do with it is swiftly becoming one of the biggest problems the world is set to face over the coming century. Now The UK’s Royal Mint is stepping in with its own plans to tackle the issue by using new technology to extract gold from our old smartphones.

Thanks to an agreement with Canadian start-up Excir, the Royal Mint hopes to recover around 99% of the gold used in the circuits of our favorite tech using world-leading chemical techniques.

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