In this month's CRN science essay, Chris Phoenix writes:
We are often asked, "How will nanofactory-built products be recycled?"
One of the advantages of molecular manufacturing is that it will use very strong and high-performance materials. Most of them probably will not be biodegradable. So what will save us from being buried in nano-litter?
The first piece of good news is that nano-built products will use materials more efficiently. The second good news is that carbon-based products will burn once any water ballast is removed. The third good news is that fewer exotic materials and elements should be needed. . .
Not surprisingly, there is also some bad news. . .