The valuable metals in your smartphone
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Extracting the valuable metals from your smartphone

A BBC summit dedicated to exploring world-changing innovations in science, technology and health has been taking place in Sydney, Australia.

One of the speakers was Prof Veena Sahajwalla who wants to create a swathe of miniature furnaces that will recover valuable metals from discarded mobile phones.

She is championing the micro-factory: a recycling and reclamation system small and efficient enough that it can be set up in every community across the globe.

BBC Click's Jen Copestake finds out more.

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  • 05 Dec 2016
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