Apple unveils new recycling technology for iPhones

Apple has revealed a new robotic system that can recover valuable materials from wasted iPhones. and recovering valuable materials, such as silver and tungsten, which can be recycled. The new recycling technology system is called Liam. The new recycling system can take apart one iPhone 6 every 11 seconds. According to a report from Reuters, Liam has been under development for almost three years. While Apple does intend to expand the system so it can handle different devices and recover more resources, currently the machine has been designed to specifically…

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New recycling technology could transform CO2 waste into useful chemicals

Instead of only capturing and storing carbon dioxide, new tech could recycle it into something useable. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is believed to be the primary cause behind global warming. One of the methods employed to help control the problem is capturing waste carbon dioxide from manufacturing sites and industrial plants and storing it deep beneath the ground. However, American scientist, Emily Cole, has found a better way to deal with the waste and has developed a recycling technology that can convert waste CO2 into a chemical that can be used…

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Light recycling technology prevents incandescent bulbs from wasting energy

Researchers may have found a way to make traditional light bulbs more energy efficient. Scientists at MIT and Purdue University have created a new recycling technology involving incandescent lights that enables this type of light to be more energy efficient. These warm glowing conventional light bulbs, which were first commercialized by Thomas Edison, have fallen out of favor over the past several years because they are far less efficient than compact fluorescents and LEDs. However, researchers have created a super-efficient two-stage incandescent bulb that reuses the heat it emits, allowing…

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First ever in-office paper recycling technology unveiled by Epson

Epson’s PaperLab is more efficient than traditional paper recycling processes. Epson, the well-known printer company, has created an in-office paper recycling technology, a machine called the PaperLab, which takes waste paper and transforms it into crisp white printer paper. According to Epson, its paper reprocessing system is more efficient than sending waste paper to a traditional off-site recycling plant. The machine can recycle paper within three minutes. Within three minutes of adding waste paper to the PaperLab, the machine produces new sheets of perfectly white paper. It can create about…

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New recycling technology can keep more glass out of landfills

Self-adhesive technology allows clear separation of labels from glass. Avery Dennison has introduced a glass recycling technology that enables the clean separation of self-adhesive labels from glass materials. Their new technology will not only ensure that glass products will still maintain shelf appeal but, more importantly, it will allow more glass items to be recycled, which means less glass will be sent to landfills. More glass that consumers recycle end up in landfills than they might realize. According to information on the Avery Dennison Glass Recycling webpage, “For single-use bottles,…

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H&M offers million dollar reward for clothing recycling ideas

H&M is looking for new techniques to reused old clothes and is willing to pay for them. Due to mixed materials and the poor quality of recycled cotton, recycling clothing isn’t easy, but this hasn’t stopped the Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, H&M, from doing everything it can to find ways to recycle old clothes. While the company has launched previous clothing recycling initiatives, such as its global garment collection initiative, it’s now offering a $1.16 million reward for new ideas to reuse old clothes. Winners will be selected by a…

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New recycling technology recovers and extracts rare earth minerals

The technology could recover rare earth elements from old electronics. A new recycling technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI), assists in the recycling, recovery, and extraction process of rare earth minerals, and it is said to be the first commercially licensed technology developed through the CMI. According to a news article from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), it has been licensed to U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., The single-step recycling process is more environmentally friendly than other rare earth elements extraction methods. The technology involves…

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Rare-earth magnets recycling process simplified

The new process to recycle rare-earth magnets could make the electronic industry more sustainable. American researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new recycling process, which focuses on reprocessing two types of rare earth metals, neodymium and dysprosium, which are commonly used as magnets in a variety of electronic devices, and are both equally difficult to find in nature and can only be extracted via a complex method that is also damaging to the environment. The new reprocessing method is surprisingly uncomplicated. According to Engineering and Technology Magazine,…

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Kering and H&M partner for innovative textile recycling technology project

The two companies have teamed up with Worn Again to recycle materials from old clothing. In order to meet the global demand for polyester and cotton production, and to also keep tons of unwanted clothing out of landfills, Swedish retailer H&M and French luxury goods holding company Kering, along with textile innovators Worn Again, have recently announced that they will be testing an innovative fiber recycling technology that works by separating and extracting cotton and other materials from old clothes. Until now, there was no way to extract and recycle…

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Recycling technology converts plastics into fuel

A three-month pilot project in California targeted plastics that are hard to recycle. Last summer, the city of Citrus Heights California took part in a recycling program called the Energy Bag Pilot Program, a project designed to redirect plastic products, such as candy wrappers, juice pouches, and plastic dinnerware that would otherwise end up in landfills, to an alternative energy facility that uses recycling technology to transform these plastics into synthetic crude oil. Residents used “energy bags” to collect non-recyclable plastics. The Energy Bag Pilot Program was the result of…

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Plasma arc technology to be developed for US Waste Management company

Duncan Recycling & Refining will be able to recover precious metals from catalytic converters. US waste management firm, Duncan Recycling & Refining (DR2), has entered into a deal with UK based manufacturer of plasma arc recycling equipment for the recovery of precious metals, Tetronics International, which will provide DR2 with its technology to enable the company to recover precious metals from catalytic convertors found in automotive vehicles. The recovery of valuable resources will help reduce waste. Tetronics International’s arc systems make it possible to recover valuable resources from materials, such…

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Mexican company develops water-free plastic recycling technology

The plastic recycling system requires only half of the energy used by previous systems. Mexican startup, Ak Inovex, has developed a new recycling technology that enables plastics to be recycled without the use of water, with less energy compared to previous systems, and produces plastic pellets of the same or better quality. More than 90% of all types of plastics can be processed by the water-free method. In addition to processing 90% of any type of plastic, it can also process PET, ABS, Styrofoam, and polystyrene. Even more impressive, aside…

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Recycling technology turns human waste into drinkable water

Bill Gates funds and promotes technology that transforms human excrement into energy and safe drinking water. A machine known as the Janicki Omniprocessor has been designed to help developing countries obtain clean drinking water by converting human waste into safe drinkable water and the project has received a lot of enthusiasm from billionaire activist Bill Gates, as well as funding from the Gates Foundation. Gates is committed to bringing clean water to the people who are in need of it. In a recent video posted on thegatesnotes YouTube channel, the…

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New recycling plant in Southern Nevada to help encourage residents to recycle more

Waste management company will be able to process more kinds of reusable material. Republic Services, a waste management company in Southern Nevada, operates a recycling facility that is no longer large enough to accommodate all of the curbside recyclables left by residents in the area with large recycle bins and, as a result, the excess recyclables have been dumped at the company’s Apex landfill, but a new facility is about to change all of that. A second and larger plant will boost the company’s capacity and enable it to handle…

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New recycling technology revolutionizes how scrapped cars are recycled

A new technology aims to recycle almost 100% of old vehicles or turn them into energy. Oldbury, a town in the West Midlands in England, will be introducing the largest industrial waste gasification factory in the world this month, a facility that is the £100 million joint venture between Chinook Sciences and European Metals Recycling (EMR), the biggest metals recycling company in Britain. The project is part of the growing “cleantech” sector. Cleantech is a specific area of the clean economy that includes everything from car sharing to renewable energy…

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Alternative fuel is created from plastic waste

Recycling technology converts plastic into oil. Recently, EcoMachines Incubator, a seed fund specialist based in London, England, announced that it has invested in Recycling Technologies, a company based in the English town of Swindon that recycles waste and plastic into PlaxOil, which is a trademarked alternative fuel in the form of a clean heavy oil. The fuel can be used in combined heat and power (CHP) facilities. Recycling Technologies manufactures machines that transform mixed plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfills or at incineration plants into oil that…

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