Believe it or not, every year China gets around 1,500 kg of gold, one million kg of copper and 30,000 kg of silver from the 100 million discarded mobile phones.
People's Daily reported Thursday that about 400 million mobile phones were discarded each year, China accounting for nearly 100 million.
According to the daily, a mobile phone has various precious materials including 0.01 percent of gold, 20-25 percent of copper and 40-50 percent of recycling plastic.
Under current situation, 100 million discarded cell phones in China weigh 10,000 tonnes.
And this would fetch a bonanza of 1,500 kg of gold, the daily said.