What do you do with your old cell phones? Just let them sit on the shelf collecting dust? Well, it turns out that you’re overlooking a potential goldmine.
Shanghai police recently busted an illegal workshop on the outskirts of the city full of buckets of chemicals emitting noxious odors. The workshop belongs to a couple who run a precious metal recycling shop. In April of this year, they rented the place to refine gold from used phones, making 20,000 yuan ($3,000) via the process. According to experts, you can get a gold ring from about 100 cell phones.
However, the couple never actually bothered to acquire a license from local officials for their workshop nor did they have any equipment to process the chemicals used in gold refining. Instead, they simply dug a hole in the ground and dumped the chemicals straight into the soil. They also dumped more chemicals into a creek behind the workshop.
The couple has been arrested for illegal dumping and polluting the environment. You can watch a news report on the case below:
By Alex Tang
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