A new gold rush?
Electronic waste contains 40-50 times the amount of gold in ore mined from the ground, according to a report last week by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative and the United Nations University.
According to the report, between 2001 and 2011, the electronics industry as a whole went from using 197 to 320 tons of gold. This seems counterintuitive, because compared to computers of thirty years ago, today’s computers have less gold inside—chips often have tiny gold microplated pins rather than solid gold wiring. But we are making many more electronics, and even more products are becoming computerized. Everything from blenders to toy dinosaurs have microchips, most of which have some gold. (via Far More Gold Is in E-Waste than in Gold Ore)