What’s in my mobile phone?

The raw materials in a mobile phone come from a variety of mines, with some metal recycling as well. There are an estimated seven billion mobile phones worldwide. You can find a list of what they typically contain here:

The raw materials in a mobile phone come from a variety of mines, with some metal recycling as well.

There are an estimated seven billion mobile phones worldwide. Here is a list of what they typically contain:

  • Copper – circuitry

  • Europium – LCD screen colour (red)

  • Gallium arsenide - amplifier and receiver

  • Gold - circuitry

  • Magnesium compounds - phone case

  • Neodymium – magnet in the speaker

  • Palladium - circuitry

  • Petroleum products - plastic components

  • Platinum - circuitry

  • Silver – circuitry

  • Terbium – LCD screen colour (green)

  • Tungsten - circuitry

Gold and silver are mined in New Zealand, where we also have potential in tungsten, copper, palladium and platinum, and rare earth elements (such as neodymium).