Script for video: Electronics - how are they recycled
Old and broken electrical items may seem worthless, but in fact they are full of valuable materials.
Council recycling centres collect waste electrical items which are then taken to a processing recycling plant where they are shredded into small pieces ready to be recycled.
Strong magnets are used to remove ferrous metals such as steel; whilst non-magnetic metals like aluminium parts are separated using an eddy current.
Different types of plastic are identified and can be sorted using near infra light or density separation.
Each raw material is sent to be made into something brand new. For instance zinc from mobile phones could be used in ship building or for galvanising railings and lamp posts.
Gold found in games consoles can be made into jewellery. Plastic from lawn mowers could be used in musical instruments.
So remember don't bin your waste electrical items - take them down to your council recycling centre.