I'm in the middle of trying to process around 500 strips. It's been a bugger trying to remove the glue.
The strips are simple enough a plastic base strip layer of gold glue and a cover strip.
I tried sitting in hot water to remove the glue.
Then I tried boiling in Sodium Hydroxide the gold did come of but the glue turned to a jelly like substance and clogs the filters with the gold.
Did try melting a couple they ignited and burnt down to a black sticky lump with a tiny piece of gold.
I even peeled the top layer off of them while I sat here reading the forum to see if it helped, very tedious job and hard on arthritic fingers and certainly not viable with large batches.
I know I have lost some values, but I figure this is a learning exercise and practise will make better.
Costwise I had to buy the strips to watch my sugar levels as the Doctor told me I was pre diabetic. As such I was not able to get them on the PBBS and had to pay around $60 a box of 100.
Another thing to bear in mind is with the ACCU-CHEK strips is a coded chip that looks like it contains gold as well.
Hope my limited experiences help others and we can find an easy way to process these little things.