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One of Taiwan’s leading entrepreneurs is building an electronic waste recycling center built entirely out of trash and recycled materials.
The facility, which will be located an hour’s drive north of Taipei, will recycle electronic waste generated by consumers and technology companies. The structure will feature walls made from glass fiber recovered from motherboards, and ceilings made with the plastic left over from CDs and DVDs.
"We want to take recycling to the next level," Arthur Huang told BBC News in a recent interview. Huang is the founder of Miniwiz, a firm dedicated to sustainable building practices, and the guiding force behind the new recycling facility. Miniwiz is building the facility in collaboration with SDTI, one of Taiwan’s largest recycling companies.
"Not only will this factory do the usual e-waste recycling, extracting gold and copper from your discarded computers and smartphones, but it will be built completely out of recycled materials,” Huang says.