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Printed Circuit Board Recycling

Literally hundreds of thousands of products are throw away each year which contain printed circuit board assemblies. Specialist companies are now able to recover the metallic elements on a printed circuit board such as the copper, tin and lead from the solder. In addition the precious metals, such as gold, palladium and silver can also be recovered making the process increasingly more cost effective.

Recycling a printed circuit board assembly starts with disassembly and component recycling. Any hazardous components need to be removed in controlled conditions before the board is granulated by machine, separating metals from the plastic and fibres that constitute the bare PCB. Metals can then be recovered by a variety of separation processes. Uses are currently being investigated for the plastic and fibre residue in the construction, sports equipment and furniture industries.

Environmental Issues Topics

RoHS Directive

WEEE

Solder Waste Recycling

Printed Circuit Board Recycling

Waffle Trays & Other Plastics

Printed Circuit Board Recycling Companies

Bruce RID Recycling Ltd
WEEE Recycling

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Guide Written by Paul Wilson

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