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Can we stop wind turbine blades ending up in landfill?

About 85 per cent of a wind turbine’s mass can be recycled effectively, but the blades cannot. Most end up in landfill, and as thousands of turbines approach the end of their lifetimes, the problem is only getting worse. But as the FT’s Esan Swan reports, new technologies could alleviate the problem.

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FT Rethink series focuses on the people, technology, strategies and systems moving us from an economy that is wasteful, idle, lopsided and dirty towards one that is circular, lean, inclusive and clean. The channel alternates between independent reporting from FT journalists and business perspectives from Lombard Odier