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Circuit Board Recycling Process
Circuit Board Recycling Process
August 23, 2017

A circuit board is the central piece of an electronic device. It is composed of the memory, the circuitry and components. Circuit boards are the heart of many items we use daily: from simple devices like calculators to complicated devices such as servers.

 

However, the rapid advancement of technology has resulted in circuit boards becoming obsolete. Thus, resources used to construct them would go directly to a landfill when thrown. Circuit board recycling is one way to utilize the metals in these materials again for other purposes.

 

Alnor Industries has been at the forefront of metal scrapping and circuit board recycling in Mississauga. We have expanded into the extraction of precious metals through circuit board recycling processes. We are capable of extracting the types of metal below using specialized processes:

 

Circuit Board Recycling: Metals and Their Processes

Copper

 

Copper is often found in the edge trim of printed circuit boards. These precious metals can be extracted through the circuit board recycling process and can thus be used for other purposes. Specialized processes such as hydrometallurgy are used, where a stripping solution is applied to extract the precious metal and cause mechanical separation through shredding and grounding of the actual board.

 

Other Precious Metals

 

Unknown to many, printed circuit boards use gold, silver and platinum as conductors. Alnor Industries uses specialized processes to extract these precious metals for repurposing and for re-use.

 

In extracting these precious metals, water is used together with other chemicals. Also included in the recycling process is the reuse and cleaning of harmful chemicals of water used in the circuit board recycling process. This is part of the recycling process and is important for the community, as the wastewater eventually is thrown out.

 

Trust the team at Alnor Industries to properly recycle the components of your circuit board. All processes are done at our plant in Mississauga. Request a quote or schedule a pickup today on our website!