100% Zero Landfill Solar Panel Recycling

Environmentally superior end-of-life solar panel recycling. Reliable circularity for a truly sustainable solar panel supply chain and solar energy system.

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Comstock Metals recycles 100% of end-of-life solar photovoltaic panels we receive, through a unique thermal process that ensures complete elimination of potentially toxic materials and the safe and optimized collection of glass and scarce metals for industrial reuse.  

  • For commercial generators of end-of-life panels – from utilities, O&M groups, and solar consultants and contractors to waste providers and municipalities in the United States.
  • We accept all types of solar panels and in large commercial volume at our full-service recycling center in Silver Springs, NV.
  • We can service customers as far away as Hawaii and we offer logistics support and a reliable, problem-solving service.
  • Connect with us today to learn more about how we can  partner to enhance your ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) performance through compliant process transparency, and by reducing uncertainty through an environmentally safer, cost-effective solution.




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The Problem

  • Environmental & Human Health Risk:

    • An estimated 90% of discarded solar PV panels have been going to landfills.
    • Leachate from discarded solar panels are a risk to public health and the environment.
    • Some disposal methods still result in harmful materials going back into industrial reuse after destruction.


  • Lack of a Recycling Standard:

    • There are no standardized regulations yet for end-of-life solar panels.
    • A lack of continuity in policy results in perpetuating  the public health and environmental risks to industry, people, and the environment. 


  • Limited Solar Panel Recycling Capacity:

    • Availability of industrial scale end-of-life solar panel recycling is insufficient: demand in the U.S. is expected to exceed 1 million tons a year, equal to 3 million + solar panels per year by 2030, and tens of millions per year by 2050.
    • Disposal costs are unreliable and historically uneconomic.  

The Solution


  • Recycling 100% of the solar panel and sending nothing to landfills.
  • Ensuring sufficient recycling capacity, reliability of service, transparent compliance, and affordability.
  • Ensuring that recovered materials are free from harmful contaminants prior to reuse.

Cost Reliability:

  • Tipping fees are charged when solar panels are delivered.
  • Our costs are competitive or better than current disposal fees.
  • Based on customer waste profiles.

Compliance & Environmental Certainty:

  • Providing transparent audit and compliance documentation.
  • Guaranteeing 100% recycling, that no recycled materials go to landfills, and that 100% of contamination risk is eliminated.
  • Eliminating plastics through a thermal process. ensuring responsible re-use of recovered materials in the electrification economy.

Exponential Growth in End-of-Life Panels

The U.S. is on track to see 1 million metric tons of solar photovoltaic panels reach the end of their useful life by 2030 and an estimated 7.5 million to 10 million metric tons by 2050.

To put that into perspective, in the U.S. that’s roughly 3.3 million end-of-life solar panels by 2030 and between 247 million to 330 million panels per year by 2050.

It would take approximately 1008 football fields to hold the number of decommissioned solar panels expected in the market by 2030.

Collective number of football fields it would take to hold as much as 330 million solar panels – each year:

is equal to:


Football Fields

Manual or mechanical disassembly and landfilling are the status-quo approaches to solar panel disposal today. Regardless of the destination, tipping fees are charged to dispose of panels. Inefficiencies in other methods mean “re-purposed” materials still contain harmful contaminants and heavy metals.

Our facility in Silver Springs, NV directly receives solar PV panel waste for a tipping fee competitive to current disposal methods.

The difference is in our technology-driven solution and our process. We safely eliminate plastic and separate scarce materials at the front end of our process, thus fulfilling our compliant, zero landfill promise. Comstock Metals’ process is the most efficient and truly sustainable solution available today to capture and recover scarce materials for responsible re-use.

Send Us Your Panels

We are currently accepting decommissioned solar panels at our first end-of-life facility in Silver Springs, NV from utilities, O&M (operation & maintenance) groups, solar engineers, consultants, contractors, and municipalities.


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