Tag Archives: recycling

Rechargeable Batteries from Packing Materials

Sweden was in the news recently for their extreme recycling capacity. Swedes recycle waste to the extent that they have to import garbage from other countries for use as landfills. Others countries struggling to recycle their garbage may be interested in generating rechargeable batteries from discarded packing materials that do not degrade when used as landfills. At Purdue University, researchers have found a new way to recycle discarded peanut-shaped packing materials. They are turning these Read more [...]

New Method for Recycling PCB Waste

All over the world, gadgets contain Printed Circuit Boards or PCBs as a means of mounting and interconnecting the several electronic components they use. When the life of the gadget comes to an end, nearly all components are recycled. Although the recycling process is streamlined in some countries, it is still a growing industry in most developing countries. It is especially difficult to recycle the PCB and its components, since it often produced significant waste streams. Researchers in China have Read more [...]

Make an inexpensive & simple UV LED Torch

From our friends at instructables comes an easy project for use with UV LEDS. To make this simple project, here's what you'll need: 2 Ultra Violet LEDS 1 1/4W resistors (the value of the resistor needs to be calculated based on the forward voltage of the LED you use) 1 non-working 9V battery (or a 9V battery clip) 1 new 9V battery Pliers Solder Soldering equipment The full instructions on the Instructables site will show you how to put everything together. Once assembled, the light snaps Read more [...]

What Happens to Old Electronic Components and Boards?

We came across this blog post the other day and thought it was worth bringing here. Here's an excerpt: Yesterday I had the opportunity to shoot video in a facility that is the largest company in America that recycles the glass from electronics and computers. The men who own this company, built the machines that separate and break up the glass, themselves. Electronic products and computers are torn apart. The plastics are sold to one vendor while the electronics and circuit boards are sold Read more [...]