Understand PV Recycling Terms

Reclamation

Reclaiming a waste product by converting it into useful products. This might include separating aluminum frames or glass from PV panels for recycling.

Recycling

The process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. Recycling converts used materials into as close to their virgin state as possible, avoiding the use of raw materials. Recycling will salvage certain materials due to their intrinsic value or hazardous nature.

Repurposing

Giving a new purpose or use to an existing item. For example, repurposing older solar panels in installations requiring less power or in off-grid applications.

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