Apple found $40 million in gold from used phones and computers last year

A big push for Apple this year is recycling, as it uses fancy new robots to make sure that valuable parts from the millions of iPhones sold per year don’t end up in landfills.

The company released its annual environmental report on Thursday, and it included some information about just how much it can recover from its old computers — over 61 million pounds of steel, aluminum, glass, and other materials.

As part of that, Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold — well over a ton.

At the current spot price of $1,229.80 per troy ounce of gold, Apple recovered just under $40 million in gold from old phones and computers.

But where did this $39,502,000 of gold come from?

The average smartphone uses 30 milligrams of gold, mostly in circuit boards and other internal components. And Apple recycles millions of iPhones and other computers that have tiny bits of gold in them.

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