Recycling experts found quest for Zero-waste phone!!

Recycling experts found quest for Zero-waste phone!!

Researchers have found a quest to safeguard the environment and reduce the e-waste as much as possible. The scientists at the University of British Columbia created a process to efficiently separate fiberglass and resins which are two of the most commonly discarded parts of a cellphone. It's one of the first processes to use simple techniques like gravity separation to cleanly lift organic resins from inorganic fiberglass. "Discarded cell phone is a huge, growing source of electronic waste, with close to two billion new cell phones sold every year around the world and people replacing their phones every few years. The main thing to prove is to break down models that can no longer be reused into useful materials in a way that doesn't harm the environment. Most e-waste recycling firms focus on recovering useful metals like gold, silver, copper, and palladium, which can be used to manufacture other products. But nonmetal parts like fiberglass and resins, which make up the bulk of cellphones' printed circuit boards, are generally discarded because they're less valuable and more difficult to process. Holuszko was determined to find a better recycling solution. "The key here is gravity separation, which efficiently separates the fiberglass from the resin by using the differences in their densities. The separated fiberglass can then be used as a raw material for construction and insulation. In the future, if we can find a way to improve the quality of the recycled fiberglass, it may even be suitable for manufacturing new circuit boards.

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