Frequently Asked Questions

  • We accept most sizes and types of panels, including Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, Thin Film, Bifacial, Concentrator (CPV), and Double Glass. We also accept First Solar panels. Connect with us today to learn more about our waste acceptance policy.
  • From the originating source of end-of-life solar panels to our facility, we prioritize safe, compliant handling and transport, and can facilitate transport for customers upon request. The first step to evaluate your solar photovoltaic panel waste is to Connect with us today to request a quote.
  • We are cost competitive as compared to alternative universal waste disposal methods, including landfills. We are compliant, full-service, can provide transportation, and provide Certificates of Destruction.
  • Our process removes uncertainty of materials winding up in landfills or being crushed without full elimination of plastics and VOCs prior to separation.
  • Solar panels, like most electrification products, are characterized by laminated systems. By delaminating we can recover 100% of the materials and ensure no part of the solar panel winds up in landfills.
  • In our efficient multi-step separation process, we safely eliminate the lamination and VOCs upfront, and then the separated materials are processed into four material cuts:
      • Metal flakes go to conventional metal recycling.
      • Ground glass goes to a conventional bottle recycler.
      • The 3rd and 4th cuts are of different particle sizes that contain metal oxides, and they go to smelters to have the component metals recovered.

End-of-life solar panels come from removing a solar panel system, installation breakage, regular maintenance, or damage replacements and landfills. And they come to us from throughout the U.S., including Hawaii.

Sources include (i) utilities, (ii) O&M Groups, (iii) environmental consulting and engineering groups, (iv) collectors – aggregators, (v) installers/contractors, and (vi) municipalities, community groups, and other local organizations.

  • We ensure an end to the practice of sending decommissioned solar panels to landfills.
  • We ensure that 100% of the solar panel is recycled.
  • We ensure toxic materials are safely eliminated without sending toxicity downstream into material supply reuse or landfills when recovering critical metals for a fast-growing, electrified supply chain.
  • Our facility is regionally close to the largest clusters (90%+) of recurring solar panel waste volume in the United States.
  • We are rapidly scaling up both storage and recycling capacity to meet the needs of our customers and the fast-growing volume of decommissioned solar panels in the Southwestern U.S. and beyond.
  • As your end-of-life solar panel recycling partner, we can enhance tangible ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) performance in a compliant, reliable, and customer-centric manner.

Comstock Metals charges cost competitive up-front tipping fees based on unique customer waste profile volume and transport needs.