A Taiwanese businessman is leading the development of an innovative new electronic waste (e-waste) recycling facility that uses nothing but waste materials in its construction.
This represents sustainable building design taken to a whole new level and the centre is located around 60 miles north of the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.
The facility is being erected via a partnership between major Taiwanese recycling organisation SDTI and entrepreneur Arthur Huang and the materials needed are being supplied by technology firms and households alike. Discarded DVD and CD plastics are forming the ceiling, while glass fibres retrieved from motherboards are being employed to construct the walls.
With Taiwan’s landscape heavily dominated by mountains, sending waste to landfill isn’t practical and, at the same time, the population is very gadget-orientated, always interested in obtaining the latest technologies. The situation means novel electronic waste recycling approaches are necessary, if not essential in Taiwan.
Since the adoption of strict landfill measures three years ago, several new eco-themed manufacturing programmes have sprung up. They include paper-based furniture and so-called ‘eco-clothes’, incorporating polyester originally used in plastic bottles.
The new Taiwanese e-waste recycling centre is just the latest addition to this list but, say its developers, it’s set to establish a new global standard.
“We want to take recycling to the next level”, Huang stated in comments recently quoted by the BBC. “Not only will this factory do the usual e-waste recycling, extracting gold and copper from your discarded computers and smartphones, but it will be built completely out of recycled materials. It will have the highest environmental standard of any recycling factory in the world.”
He added: “The e-waste factory is the most recent project, and we are also working on an eco-theatre in Shanghai – we will build it out of post-consumer waste, re-bonding it on nano level to create very strong materials.”
The new Taiwanese e-waste recycling facility is set to have been finished by December 2013.