Smartphones are disassembled into separate parts, including the case, screen, battery and circuit board, for further recycling. Photo: Handout
Smartphones are disassembled into separate parts, including the case, screen, battery and circuit board, for further recycling. Photo: Handout

Recycling old smartphones is not only good for the environment – it is a potentially lucrative business for e-waste companies in China

  • China was once a dumping ground for the world’s discarded electronics, with thousands of workshops disassembling old computers to extract materials to recycle
  • The value of metals discarded as electronic waste in China is forecast to be worth US$23.8 billion by 2030

Smartphones are disassembled into separate parts, including the case, screen, battery and circuit board, for further recycling. Photo: Handout
Smartphones are disassembled into separate parts, including the case, screen, battery and circuit board, for further recycling. Photo: Handout
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