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Shenzhen – Phone recycling -2-

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At some, point the plastic shells have already been removed to be recycled in another process. There isn’t much money to be made there, but the low price of Chinese labor makes it worth someone’s time to separate the last bits of metal from the plastic.

Next, the boards are put under a heat gun to loosen the solder on the SMC’s (Surface Mounted Components). Then the components are picked off one by one with a set of tweezers and pre-sorted.

The components are often sold to another company in the building that specializes in the next step of the process.


Written by dkousemaker

March 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm

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