What Is Silver (Element)?

Silver is regarded as one of the world’s most precious metals. We turn it into beautiful jewelry and sculpt it into artistic masterpieces — but did you know that it can be used in various kinds of electronics? 


Keep reading to learn more about this valuable and versatile element, and how it relates to the subject of e-waste and electronics recycling.

Silver Basics

Silver, which is abbreviated as Ag, has an atomic number of 47 and an atomic weight of 107.868. It is a light-colored metal that is relatively unreactive to other chemicals.


Despite this, silver is extremely conductive to electricity. It is also non-toxic to humans, and this — as well as being a relatively soft metal — makes it easier to work with, in many respects. These properties explain why it is such a popular element to use in a large variety of ways.

Silver in Electronics

Because silver is so conductive, it is a great choice for many electronics. Many electrical components contain silver, like switches, screens, and inks for printed circuit boards. These components are used in practically every modern electronic device — remotes, smartphones, appliances, and TVs, just to name a few. 


Unfortunately, its commonality also means that there is a lot of it going to waste as people improperly dispose of their old electronics. Pure silver is rare, in comparison, to other metals, so letting it decay in a landfill alongside toxic compounds doesn’t benefit anyone.

Close-up of a man’s hand holding a mobile smartphone, which is made with silver components

What to Do With Silver Waste

If you have old or unusable electronics, you need to make sure that you dispose of them in a safe and eco-friendly way. This is even required by law in many areas. 


At Newtech Recycling, we have all of the tools to take care of your e-waste recycling needs. We can sort and separate the waste so that each material can be given another life as a new product — outside of the landfill.


If you have concerns about the security of your information on hard drives and the like, we understand — and we have specific solutions for computer recycling, as well. Of course, we do recommend that you wipe any hard drives before disposing of your device, but there’s no need to worry if you forget. 


Our state-of-the-art technology ensures that any residual data is permanently deleted. We do this by wiping it once more, magnetically destroying it with an EMP, and then finally shredding it. This method is safe, secure, and sustainable!

Call Newtech Recycling for Disposing of Old Electronics

Take a look around your workspace. Is there a broken laptop sitting in the corner and collecting dust? What about a fax machine so old that it could be considered an ancient relic?


If so, let us know so that we can assist you in the process of recycling your old and broken electronics. We can even save you from driving to us by coming directly to you and picking the waste up. 


Contact Newtech Recycling today — you’ll be doing yourself and the environment a favor!

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