New micro-factory brings recycling to electronics
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Around 1.5 billion phones are sold each year, which means that a huge number of phones are also thrown away each year. Once trashed, the phones often end up in landfills, leaching toxic chemicals into the soil. In fact, electronics account for as much as 70 percent of toxic waste in most landfills. Recycling is one answer, but recycling electronics can be expensive, time consuming and requires a large amount of industrial space. Now, the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at Australia’s University of New South Wales, has launched a micro-factory aimed at recycling e-waste in a small space.
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