Apple pulled a staggering $40 million worth of gold from recycled devices last year

Written by Jaivik Shah

Apple’s annual environmental report gives us a tidy insight on how much raw material it gets when recycling our old phones and tablets. As it turns out, we’re almost worth our weight in gold (and steel… and glass).

If you’re curious, Apple pulled about 2,204 pounds of gold from recycled iStuff (and Macs!) last year. That’s a solid ton of gold, worth about $40 million.

Apple also yanked about 61 million pounds of steel, glass, aluminum and other miscellaneous materials from recycled devices.

Now we know why Liam is such a big deal.

If you’re wondering what Apple did with any proceeds from all that recycling, so are we. For now, we’ll just assume the company put it towards its $1.5 billion green bond initiative and call it (almost, but not even close) even.

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