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Recycling Solar Panels For Businesses

Solar power is a crucial renewable energy source that reduces carbon emissions for our planet. Solar technologies work by absorbing energy from the sun using solar cell PV panels, or through mirrors that concentrate solar radiation.
Whilst these products provide us with solar energy that offers less burden on the environment, they come with a life span of 25 – 30 years. When reaching the end of their life cycle, these products must be recycled effectively.
The primary metals used in a solar panel include aluminium, steel, copper, silver, and zinc. The aluminium frame, cables, junction box, glass, cells and circuit material are all reusable. 

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Can Solar Panels Be Recycled?

Yes, solar panels are recyclable. With the help of our professional waste management team, your panels can be recycled effectively with minimal harm to the planet. 
Solar panels can enter the recycling process to be repurposed into a range of products, saving scarce raw materials and harm during extraction. Whether you are a solar panel installer, manufacturer, or other commercial user, we can assist with collecting bulk loads of solar panel waste.

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How To Recycle Solar Panels With Plastic Expert

The Collection Point

For us to complete a smooth collection of your panels, we must have space for our artic curtain side lorry to load the solar waste. This is critical for both health and safety, and to ensure we collect optimum loads of waste with minimal transportation needed.

Securing Your Panels

Solar panel waste should be presented on pallets that are secure for moving and loading. The unity of each pallet should be in line with one another, ensuring the items do not slip or cause damage. This also means that space is not wasted on our collection lorry and we can remove your waste using fewer trips.

The Stacking Height

Whilst your panels are stacked on pallets, they should not reach a height of higher than 25 panels per pallet. If they are stacked higher, this may exceed the pallet's strength and cause damage during transit.

Why Recycling Solar Panels Is Important

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UK is predicted to generate 30,000 tonnes of solar waste in the next decade. As the adoption of solar energy continues to rise, the responsible disposal of solar panels has become paramount. Solar panel recycling is vital for several reasons. 
Firstly, it ensures that valuable materials, such as silicon wafers and metals, are recovered and reused, reducing the need for new raw materials and the environmental impact of mining. 
Solar panels can also contain hazardous materials which, if not handled properly, can pose environmental risks. Through proper recycling methods, these materials are safely managed. Lastly, recycling supports the solar industry’s sustainability goals, ensuring that renewable energy sources remain green from production through to end-of-life disposal.

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At Plastic Expert, we understand the importance of efficient and environmentally responsible solar panel disposal. We offer a hassle-free collection service for businesses throughout the UK, handling bulk loads of solar panels with the care and expertise they require. 
Whether you’re upgrading your solar installation or managing end-of-life panels, our team ensures that your solar panels are recycled in compliance with environmental standards. 


How Are Solar Panels Recycled?

Solar panel recycling involves several steps. First, the panels are dismantled, and the aluminium frame and glass surface are separated. The remaining materials, including silicon wafers and wiring, undergo thermal processing to break down the binding agents. 

How Much Does It Cost To Recycle Solar Panels?

The cost of recycling solar panels can vary depending on several factors, including the volume of panels, their condition, and the specific materials they contain. At Plastic Expert, we provide a bespoke quotation for our recycling services, ensuring that you receive a cost-effective solution tailored to your business’s needs. 

Are Old Solar Panels Recyclable?

Yes, old solar panels are recyclable. Both silicon-based and thin-film panels can be processed to recover valuable materials. By recycling old solar panels, businesses can contribute to a circular economy, reducing waste and supporting the sustainability of the solar industry.

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