Wind turbine blades have typically been constructed to last for 20 to 25 years. This means many blades that are being decommissioned now were made a couple decades ago.
At that time, they weren’t designed with recycling in mind, Kazem Fayazbakhsh, an assistant professor at Ryerson University, told USA TODAY.
Wind turbine blades can be recycled now, though the practice is not widespread
However, experts say there are ways to recycle them – though the technology has not been implemented on a large scale.