26 Dec '14, 4am

Chinese factorie recycle 20 million pounds of Christmas lights every year:

The area of Shijiao is known for its Christmas light recycling plants, which process around 20 million pounds of e-waste each year in nine different plants. Inside the Yong Chang plant, 2.2 million pounds of lights are recycled each year. The process is relatively simple – beginning with the age old challenge of untangling the lights themselves. The lights are then shredded and mixed with water to help separate the copper and brass from the outer casings of plastic and glass. A conveyer belt shakes the elements apart and separates the mixture into appropriate containers. The mucked-up water is not released into Shijiao’s environment, but is instead pumped through a recycling system and then used again and again.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/chinas-christmas-light-recycling-pla...

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