2nd April 2016

MapThe average mobile phone for example. It contains over 25 metals, including gold, silver, copper, nickel and rare earth elements.

Did you know all of these elements are mined, to varying degrees, right here in Australia?

We've prepared a periodic table of elements that go into a mobile phone and where you can find these elements across the nation.

Did you also know that old mobile phones may also increasingly become a source for recycled elements in the future?

According to a CSIRO blog, while a goldmine of reasonable grade may produce around five grams of gold per tonne of ore, one tonne of waste mobile phones can yield up to 160 grams of gold.

Download The periodic table of mobile phones PDF (4.1 MB PDF)