How Electronics are Recycled by Sims: Video Notes


  • Initial shredding to help sort and separate plastics from metals and internal circuitry
  • A conveyor belt transports shredded materials, a powerful overhead magnet separates iron and steel from the waste stream.
  • Ferrous materials include iron and thus magnetic.
  • The ferrous material is collected and prepared for sale as recycled steel
  • Further mechanical processing separates aluminum, copper and circuit boards from the material stream, which is now mostly plastic
  • The aluminum, copper, and circuit boards are collected in Gaylords, which is a pallet of e-waste, and prepared for sale as recycled materials
  • Using advanced technology ABS plastic is separated from polystyrene plastic
  • Final step is to locate and extract any remaining metal remnants to create as pure a stream as possible

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