Now that smartphones have become ubiquitous, each year's update results in a large number of phones being discarded, but few are being recycled.
Worldwide, about 57.4 million tons of e-waste were generated in 2021, and only about 17.4 percent of it was properly recycled.
Mobile phones have a high recycling value,For every 1m phones, about 350kg of silver, 15.87 tonnes of copper, 34kg of gold and 14.9kg of palladium could theoretically be recovered.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has disclosed that about 500 million mobile phones are replaced in China every year. The recycling value of waste mobile phones is high, and 30-40% of its total weight is all kinds of metal materials, especially containing precious metals such as gold and silver. Therefore, strengthening the recycling of waste mobile phones is of great significance for resource conservation and environmental protection.
In addition, mobile phones contain lead, cadmium and other harmful substances, if not handled properly, will seriously threaten the ecological environment security and human health.
At the end of June this year, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a Notice on the National Activities of 2022, pointing out that industry associations, Internet platforms, production and sales enterprises are encouraged to integrate industry resources and organize and carry out the quo. Trade in old for new. “ Replace the old with the new. Activities to promote recycling of used consumer electronics and upgrading of new products.