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Old 04-06-2008, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Default How to recycle outdoor solar lights

So I had bought some of those cheap outdoor solar lights - the ones you just stick in the ground - and they worked for one season then quit.

I recharged the rechargeable batteries and even replaced some, but no dice, these lights are goners!

So now I'm wondering if I need to do something special to recycle them? I will remove the batteries for future use, but what about the tops? They have those little solar stickers on top - what's in them? Anything hazardous?
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Considering they are mostly sand (silica), it's hard to say.
Most "thin-skin" cells are made of the following:

Amorphous silicon
Polycrystalline silicon
microcrystalline silicon
cadium telluride
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:33 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Default add link

Good article to read with some places to get rid of haz. waste at the end of the article.

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-onlin...35950086.shtml
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Good article to read with some places to get rid of haz. waste at the end of the article.

Jacksonville.com
Thanks Motormaker !

Hey, did you know that was my local paper?? I guess you did .

Yes, I am familiar with the hazardous waste drop-off place, and I guess I could take them there.

These are the thin-skinned ones, as K'ledge described - they're like stickers on top of the light fixture.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:58 AM
 
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The main parts of solar power light as
1)solar PV panel (life time 4-5 years)
2)lighting circuit (life time 4-5 years)
3)Recharge battery(life time 1-2 years)
The poor quality battery will have very short life time. some components' pin may break off from the PCB circuit.
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:13 AM
 
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recycle solar lightsI like
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:48 AM
 
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Exclamation Recycle your solar lights here!

Hi you can recycle your solar lights here: [url=http://www.yoursolarlink.com/solar-lights-recycling]Solar Lights Recycling | Your Solar Link[/url]. And even get something out of it... Read more: RECYCLE YOUR OLD SOLAR LIGHTS GET MONEY FOR YOUR NEXT PURCHASE!...
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