e-waste factory: Addressing India’s waste problem

Fri, 2018-09-07 15:21 -- SCC India Staff


Scrapped e-waste, which often lands next to river beds in India polluting both the land and water bodies, can be used as a raw material to create daily use products. All thanks to Indian-origin professor Veena Sahajwalla! She is developing world’s first e-waste factory that converts trash to valuables.

The e-waste factory can produce clean glass, reuse 80 per cent of waste substance and recycle around 600 tonne of waste per annum. This e-waste factory is a series of small machines and devices that uses patented technology to reform waste items into high-value material for use again in the manufacturing process. These micro-factories produce clean glasses because it operates machinery at temperatures that do not produce toxins.

Pre-programmed robots are used to select components such as circuit boards from computers and laptops. These boards can be broken down in small furnaces with controlled temperature to extract the valuable resources, for instance, copper alloys. The glass and plastic can also be combined in a micro recycler, which is capable of operating at high temperatures to produce silicon carbide nanoparticles.

These e-waste factories can be a solution to the ever-increasing waste management menace in India. And, the ideal way to introduce this technology in India could be through scrap dealers.