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Your old computer could be a better source of metals than a mine

A ray of hope in our losing battle against electronic waste.
electronics in trash bin

Valuable metals abound in discarded electronic waste.

From your water-logged phone to your smashed smart TV, those personal electronics headed for the landfill are a potential goldmine. Or copper mine. Or—some day—a lithium mine.

Economists already knew that along with the of electronic waste tossed each year we were throwing out . But quantifying all the gold, copper, iron, plastic,

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