E-goods gobble up gold, silver
Personal computers, mobile phones, tablet computers and other electronic items gobble up a staggering 320 tonnes of gold and 7,500 tonnes of silver worldwide, experts say.
Manufacturing these hightech products requires more than $16 billion in gold and $5 billion in silver.
Most of these metals will be squandered, however. Just 15 percent or less is recovered from ewaste today in developed and developing countries alike, according to a United Nations University statement.