A few days ago, I came across an article in one of the local mags here, describing a national project in Japan recycling old mobile phones.
According to the article, every mobile phone has an average of 40mg of gold and 120mg of silver and other metals, and with Japan having an estimated 200 million old and unused mobile phones lying around in cupboard drawers and closets, in the case that half those mobiles were recycled, you would end up with around 3.2 tonnes of gold and over 9 tonnes of silver.
or in other words, Japan, a country with hardly any mineral resources, has created a new industry – “Urban Mining”.
Urban mining isn’t just restricted within mobile phones. Microwaves, washing machines, televisions, digital cameras and every other electrical appliance you can think of can now be recycled to extract the rare metals within them such as cobalt, indium, zinc and platinum.
Recycling has been around since the 1970s , yet in Bahrain, there’s no awareness whatsoever about conserving the environment nor recycling except in some very small circles, who are predominately expats living in Bahrain.
The closest thing we’ve had to recycling probably would be a ‘Zari Ateej’ (زاري عتيج)