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Like your new iPhone? Better recycle the old one as REEs are running slim

New infographic shows the need to recycle our old electronic devices

By Trace Hagan from Sep 28, 2012 @ 16:31 CDT

Fans of miniaturized electronic devices, national defense, and healthcare take notice: not recycling is reducing the amount of rare earth elements available for future devices. That new iPhone you just bought features some of these rare earth elements in the GPS, battery, and probably just about every other component in there.


As you can see in the infographic below, we're not exactly in a good place for mining these rare earth elements, and it's not the greenest thing to do, either. Nearly any technological device that you like requires some of these rare earth elements. So, just make sure to recycle them when they get old.

Click the image to see the full size version of the infographic, created by VoucherCloud.


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