Going to e-waste: Australia’s recycling failures and the challenge of solar

Going to e-waste: Australia’s recycling failures and the challenge of solar

More than 100,000 tonnes of solar panel waste are forecast to enter Australia’s waste stream by 2035

The first time Dr Pablo Diaz set foot in an Australian recycling facility to see how the nation’s e-waste was processed he was struck by disappointment.

Until that moment the now 31-year-old had romanticised Australia. As a young engineering student in Brazil he had been working to develop methods to safely recycle old photovoltaic (PV) solar cells but when he tried to take it outside the lab, he found himself hamstrung.

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