Computer Monitor Recycling


In 2005, the implementation of the Landfill Regulations and Hazardous Waste Regulations resulted in CRT monitors being classed as hazardous waste, and therefore not suitable for disposal in the general waste stream. DEFRA have issued relevant guidance on the regulations. Then, in 2007, the WEEE Directive placed further restrictions on how this particular waste is dealt with, including how it is physically recycled.

Our Processes:

We’ve implemented a Best Available Treatment process for both CRT and TFT monitors, meeting with BATRRT (Sector specific guidance, produced by DEFRA). This process defines how we deal with computer monitors, including methods used in their repair and refurbishment and to what extent we physically dismantle them before they stop being a Monitor (i.e. changing the physical nature of the waste product).

What we Provide:

  • Hazardous Waste Consignment notes for both CRT and TFT screens, whether working or faulty, computer or television related.
  • Part E Consignee certificates once we’ve dropped your waste off at our recycling centre.

Dealing with Hazardous Wastes:

We take out the hazardous materials found in monitors and ensure their complete destruction:

  • Leaded CRT screens
  • Mercury backlights and fluorescent tubes
  • Phosphor coatings to CRT screens
  • Poly Chlorinated Biphenyl capacitors utilised in power supplies.

How we Recycle them:

We’ll remove the plastic casing from the screen and then take out any circuit boards. Faraday cages and metal frames are separated.

CRT Screens:

The Yoke is then removed from the CRT tube and the bare tube passed onto a specialist recycler who can separate out the Lead from the Glass.

Flat panel Screens:

The bare flat panel screen is separated into it’s components including: Backlights, internal matrix, front plastic covers and any wiring. The backlights are sent to a specialist recycling for further treatment.