Soluble Circuit Boards to revolutionize e-waste recycling

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Greentech Lead Europe:Scientists in Britain’s National Physics Laboratory are working on water-soluble circuit boards to address e-waste issues.Water soluble circuit boards, if developed and installed successfully in electronic gadgets, could revolutionize the way e-wastes are handled.

“Electronics that can be easily separated into their component parts after immersion in hot water would be a complete game-changer in e-waste recycling and urban mining,” said Paul Watson, CEO of Green Technology Solutions. “E-Waste is the fastest growing segment of the waste stream, and continuing innovation in e-waste recycling is fantastic news for our company.”

The printable water-soluble circuit boards are designed to dissolve in hot water, leaving behind only their recyclable metal components. They are made of polymer layers that have been shown to withstand heat and other pressure.

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The water-soluble circuit boards can be used to build rigid, flexible and even 3-D structures, allowing the electronics industry to pursue designs using less material, making manufacturing more sustainable.

Global Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling market to grow at CAGR of 4 pc: Frost & Sullivan

Global Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling market was estimated at $1,424.6 million in 2011, and it is expected to grow to $1,869.3 million in 2017 with a strong CAGR of 4 percent, says Frost & Sullivan.

WEEE market is forecasted grow stronger in North America, which is expected to grow aggressively to combat increasing waste volumes. Market momentum is maintained by a fast growth in e-waste volumes, which are required to be appropriately managed as per evolving legislative targets.

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