June 03, 2021
Reclaim PV Recycling receives development approval and environmental permit for second solar panel recycling site in Brisbane, Queensland, due to start recycling later this year
Reclaim PV Recycling (Reclaim PV) has today announced it has received development approval from Brisbane Council, as well as an Environmental Authority from the Queensland Government to begin PV recycling at a second solar panel recycling facility in Brisbane, Queensland.
This follows the DA approval for Reclaim PV’s first site in Lonsdale, South Australia in February of this year which is due to start recycling circa 70,000 panels per annum, commencing with the 60,000 panels which it has already collected from around Australia from next month.
According to Clive Fleming, Director of Reclaim PV Recycling, “Securing this second DA marks another significant milestone for Reclaim PV in the establishment of Australia’s first national solar panel recovery and recycling network, with further facilities to be established in the other major metropolitan areas in the next one to two years.”
Reclaim PV was granted environmental permits and council approvals to commence recycling operations in Brisbane and has collected over 30,000 panels in Queensland since February 2020. This DA, along with infrastructure funding from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Local Government and Planning, allows Reclaim PV to purchase the necessary equipment and start recycling later this year.
According to Mr Fleming, the establishment of a national recovery and recycling network is an absolute necessity for the PV industry and for Australia which already has a solar panel disposal challenge on its hands.
“Australia’s rooftop solar installations are the highest in the world (on a per capita basis), with approximately 60 million or 21.4 gigawatts (GW) installed so far (as of 31 March 2021) and research is suggesting that there will be more than 1 million panels requiring replacement annually by 2031.
Mr Fleming said, “We need a nation-wide approach to managing the replacement and recycling of faulty, non-performing and end of life solar panels before this gets unmanageable and we start to see 2,000 tonnes of waste making its way to landfill annually.”
“Reclaim PV is committed to providing an end-to-end solution to meet this challenge and to engage with industry, commercial users of solar panels and all levels of Government to introduce sustainable recovery and recycling practices across the whole supply chain to support the circular economy.”
A network of drop off locations for solar panels is being established with involvement from QLD councils and waste transfer sites as well as solar industry participants and environmental companies.
Reclaim PV continues to put the call out for end-of-life solar panels from anywhere in Australia; and for Australian businesses to join the national network as a drop off point. Enquiries can be made via the Reclaim PV website
According to Mr Fleming, “Our vision is for Reclaim PV to be the catalyst to bring Government, businesses and consumers together in this relatively young industry to both create and accelerate the end-to-end recovery and recycling of solar panels. Together, we can make a significant difference for many generations to come.”
Clive Fleming, Director Reclaim PV
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About Reclaim PV
Reclaim PV Recycling is an Australian owned and operated solar panel recycling company that aims to ensure 100% recycling of materials and that no material is dumped in landfill through innovative and cost-effective collection and recycling services in Australia.
Reclaim’s robust recycling process utilises Pyrolysis - a well-known thermal deconstruction technique - to break down and pull apart PV panels into their component parts by passing them through a high-temperature furnace. Upon completion of the thermal extraction process, the recovered components are sorted and placed into collection bins for delivery to materials companies, ensuring all recoverable materials are available for re-use.
This unique recycling system enables close to 100% recovery and re-use of materials as opposed to other recycling methods which involve crushing and re-using as an aggregate.