CALL MN:(800)969-5166
CALL WI:(800)305-3040
CONTACT USGET A QUOTE
Recycling Services
Recycle Technologies has been delivering recycling services to the community since 1993. As a recycling and shredding company based in the Midwest, we operate licensed facilities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Notably, Recycle Technologies stands as the sole Minority-Owned document destruction and recycling enterprise in the Midwest region.

E-waste Recycling News You May Have Missed October Edition

October 31, 2023
Recycling is undergoing massive changes overall, with regular updates that result in a new way ...
E-waste-Recycling-News-You-May-Have-Missed-October-Edition

Recycling is undergoing massive changes overall, with regular updates that result in a new way to renew an electronic component, or to find better ways to generate eco-friendly devices.

As it should because e-waste is currently the fastest growing waste stream, with just 20% of all the produce recyclable.  

Though the picture currently looks bleak, it is not the entire story. Let us see what is new with the world of recycling, especially the petty things that may have gone unnoticed.

In keeping up with Recycle Technologies' tradition, here is a quick October roundup highlighting how people produced new ways to recycle waste this month, and which developmental areas need more attention.  

A Rechargeable Edible Battery? TIME Calls It the Best Innovation.  

Earlier this year, a research paper emerged titled “An Edible Rechargeable Battery” broke the news desk with its altering discovery that we can make batteries from the chemicals in an ordinary plant-based diet.

In October, TIME Magazine selected it as the most impactful innovation of the year.  

The decision to term the invention as the best of the year comes after observing the potential of the device.

These applications range from edible circuits to sensors which can then be used to monitor human and animal health.

Moreover, given the level of safety of these batteries, they could be used in children's toys, where there is a substantial risk of ingestion.

The edible battery cell operates at 0.65 V, a voltage low enough not to create problems in the human body when ingested.  

Editor’s Opinion: The idea of an edible battery cell or electronics which can monitor human gut health can be a major step in phasing out the prevalent invasive and often painful techniques such as endoscopy and gastroscopy.  

I believe the real hurdle in microbiology electronics is the absence of edible transistors. Once successfully accomplished, these transistors can obey logic with specific functions and higher complexity tasks such as monitoring the pH of stomach acid.  

Is There a New Way to Handle Carbon Fiber Waste? 

E-waste from automobiles usually ends up at a recycling facility one way or another. Even if bits and pieces end up in a landfill, they still get a chance to be scooped out for recycling.

Carbon fiber used in modern automobiles defies the rule as it cannot be completely recycled using the shredding method.  

Carbon fiber is used in many automobiles including airplanes and wind turbines.

Earlier this month, a group of scientists successfully found a way to recover more than 50% of the carbon fiber intact with little to no degradation.  

Scientists tried burning the carbon fiber components in a furnace, which looks problematic for ecological reasons.

In a controlled situation, it cannot create any environmental consequences. Carbon fiber is expensive to generate and getting 50% back can be a huge step forward.  

Editor's Opinion: The more we make innovative substances for problem solving, we end up creating another problem for the recycling industry.

Carbon fiber is an extremely useful substance; however, its recycling process needs massive changes. 

The standard practice of just dumping these products, or burning them, is unsustainable and cannot continue forever.

The new way to furnace-burn carbon fiber components of automobiles is a great step forward, but we still need to produce ways to regenerate near to 100% carbon fiber material.  

The Recycling Dilemma of E-Cigs 

E-cigarettes or vapes have become a pop culture phenomenon at this point, but they are not free from their own challenges.

As it turns out, the only way currently to take care of e-cigs is to trash them or burn them.  

Many schools in the US have started to push for a formal policy against vapes, as they end up paying more than $60 per gallon of e-cigarette waste generated from the schools alone.

EPA’s rules currently do not apply to household items, which include vapes, which is why there is no formal policy. 

Another problem arises when you realize that the salvageable material used in e-cigs are not enough to warrant extensive recycling processes.

For example, lithium in the e-cig batteries is just not enough to get back simply from shredding and recycling.  

Editor’s Opinion: Regulations about household items need to take a front seat if we are to formalize e-waste management nationwide.

E-cigs are not only a health hazard, but they are also notorious to recycle, leading many waste management companies to resort to burning the modules.  

You Can Now Use Diapers 200 Times! 

You heard it: more than 100,000 tons of diapers discarded every year in the US are now getting a renewed treatment for longevity.

Recycling diapers is essential because the recoverable diaper liners, which are polymers that can retain moisture for long, can be reused. 

With the current processes, we can salvage not even half of the thrown-out diapers.

But with modern UV radiation technique, we can reuse the polymers up to 200 times.

Under UV light, the polymers degrade incredibly faster: in 5 minutes instead of 16 hours, which is a huge breakthrough in textile recycling.  

Editor’s Opinion: There is another group of researchers in Germany who have managed to shift the whole recycling process to solar power, to even the plain field.

If we are to be eco-conscious, I say we need to produce much more robust methods to handle textile waste.

After electronics, the textile industry is the second largest waste stream globally – thankfully, we have found faster ways to handle this type of waste than the electronics one.  

Ask an Expert

1-800 969-5166

Drag a button, link, or anything else into the icon box to place it below the text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet elit.

Call us 24/7 or submit the form below to speak with one of our ITAD & e-waste specialists.
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Light Bulb Recycling
Electronic Recycling
Battery Recycling
TV Recycling
BALLAST-RECYCLING
Ballast Recycling
Effortless Solution: How To Get Rid of A Microwave

If you find yourself in a situation where you are looking for “How To Get Rid of A Microwave”, it's important to do so in an environmentally friendly and responsible manner. Microwaves contain hazardous materials such as Gallium Arsenide and Beryllium, which can be harmful to both human health and the environment if not disposed […]

Uncovering the Cons of Recycling and Its Impact on the Environment 

Recycling has long been hailed as a crucial step in preserving the environment and reducing waste, but hardly anyone uses the term “cons of recycling.” It might be because recycling seems like a straightforward concept, involving conversion of waste materials into reusable materials. This feature enables recycling to become a cornerstone of sustainability efforts worldwide, […]

Pros of Recycling: Ways to Build a Greener Tomorrow 

When experts talk about the pros of recycling, they are mostly talking about the cyclic impact of recycling on our lifestyles and environment. There is no doubt that the journey toward a greener future is paved with actions both big and small, and among the most impactful of these actions is recycling. However, we often […]

Go Green: 6 Reasons of Microwave Recycling

Microwave ovens have become an indispensable part of our modern lives. So, we better know the reasons for microwave recycling. Microwaves have revolutionized the way we cook and heat our food, making our lives more convenient and efficient. However, with the rapid advancement of technology, old microwaves are often replaced with newer models, leading to […]

Tesla Wall Battery Recycling Unveiled On 2024 Earth Day

Waste crisis! Resource scarcity! The world has recently witnessed a growing concern for sustainability and environmental preservation. As we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and transition towards cleaner energy sources, the role of battery technology has become increasingly significant. Tesla, a pioneer in electric vehicles and renewable energy solutions, has taken a major step […]

Share on
recycle technologies logo
Recycle Technologies has been providing services to the community since 1993. We are a Midwest-based recycling and shredding company.
Minnesota Facility

Oxygen Icon Box

1525 99th Ln NE, Blaine, Minnesota,
55449

Oxygen Icon Box

+1-763-559-5130

Oxygen Icon Box

dispatch@recycletechnologies.com

Wisconsin Facility

Oxygen Icon Box

2815 South 171st Street, New Berlin,
WI 53151

Oxygen Icon Box

+1-262-798-3040

Oxygen Icon Box

widispatch@recycletechnologies.com

News & Blogs
View all services
Minnesota Facility

1525 99th Ln NE, Blaine, Minnesota,55449

+1763-559-5130

dispatch@recycletechnologies.com

Wisonsin Facility

2815 South 171st Street, New Berlin,WI 53151

+1262-798-3040

widispatch@recycletechnologies.com

Copyright © 2024. All Rights Reserved
homelaptop-phone
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram