Our discarded telephones are full of valuable resources

The fact that we leave all those potential gold mines in our pockets and chests of drawers is also an issue for politicians. State Secretary Van Veldhoven of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is therefore making a call. “If you have old telephones in your drawer, hand them in.”

European agreements have been made about the amount of electronic waste that we must recycle together. This therefore not only includes telephones, but also, for example, discarded fridges, washing machines and televisions.

According to the new standard, we have to recycle 65 percent of that stuff this year, but last year we only came to 49 percent in the Netherlands. So there is work to be done, says the State Secretary. “We really have to hand in more resources together, otherwise we will need three earths soon.”

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