This is the mantra preached by Veena
Sahajwalla, a materials scientist at the University of New South Wales who
wants to fundamentally change how we perceive our electronic waste: not as
trash, but as treasure. Electronic waste, or “e-waste”, is full of valuable
resources: a tonne of mobile phones, which is roughly equivalent to 6,000
handsets, contains about 130kg of copper, more than 3kg of silver, 340 grams of
gold and 140 grams of another precious material known as palladium.