How are the materials used in PCB manufacturing recovered and recycled?

We are seeking a way to develop sustainability of our product, but it seem not so hard to deal with some product parts such as PCB and its component. How are the materials used in PCB manufacturing recovered and recycled?

The components used in fabricating the PCB can be segregated into 2 categories:

  1. Metallic Components/Metallic Fractions (MF)
  2. Non-Metallic Components/Non-Metallic Fractions (NMF)

Out of these two, segregating and recycling the NMF or the non metallic parts is quite tough. 70% of the PCB waste is made up of non metallic portions. They till now were land-filled or incinerated.

The MF component have an added economic incentive for recycling the PCB waste because they essentially contain valuable metals which can be reused for various other purposes. After being separated, recycled metals such as Antimony, Lead, Iron, Aluminum and Copper are further processed to be segregated.

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Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith

Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.
Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith

Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.

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