11 April 2024. Brought to you by Chris Hamlett.

E-waste hidden in your home

Mobile phone with the casing removed to show components such as the batteryDid you know that the old tech you have at home contains a range of valuable materials which can be uses to make brand new devices? 

A recent article on the BBC website highlights this issue and highlights the range of valuable resources that are present in the ‘e-waste’ that is often hoarded in people’s homes that could be recycled and used to make brand new devices rather than having to dig up ores to produce new materials.

The full article can be found here: E-waste ‘drawers of doom’ growing, say campaigners – BBC News

Old phones and critical materials

Last Summer three six form students, from the In2STEM programme,  worked with us to produce a video that explored the materials in a mobile phone, you can check it out here.

Critical materials are found in a wide range of devices, such as many components in smart phones, and also in Li-ion batteries, so recycling your unused tech a can provide a source of these valuable materials. Find out more about critical materials, where they come from and how they can be recycled here.