English Version：Looking for precious metals in discarded IT equipment
I wonder what happened to the tablet I recycled last time.
You are also getting curious about the recycling process, and I think it is being dismantled!
Let me explain it to you. For IT equipment such as PC cases, laptops, tablets, etc., the recycling process consists of four simple steps: dismantling, shredding, classification, and at last refining.
After the discarded IT equipment are recycled, they will be dismantled first and then classified into IC boards and other electronic wastes, copper, iron, aluminum, and plastic. Among them, IC boards and other electronic wastes will be further shredded and sorted, and then classified from fiberglass resin powder, copper iron, tin, lead, and other metals. At last, after the CPU has been refined, precious metals such as gold, silver, palladium, etc. can be extracted.
Wow~The wastes around us are actually hidden treasures!
Have you ever heard of the “Urban Mine”? Medals in the Tokyo Olympics are made of recycled metal. Therefore, as long as the discarded IT equipment can be recycled properly, they will be something of value again!