The technology sector is in a constant state of development. A consequence of this evolution is the incorporation of new materials into devices, which in turn creates new recycling requirements. Although there may not currently be a great abundance of these waste types, they will represent a challenge that will need to be addressed by the recycling industry in the not too distant future. These waste types include LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screens, FDP (Flat Panel Display) screens, and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. The High Technology Waste Treatment (HTWT) project seeks to respond to these needs. This project is promoted by a consortium of actors involved in the chain of production, sale and subsequent management of this equipment and is led by the Department of Infrastructure, Territorial Planning and Environmental Affairs of the Autonomous Community of Valencia. The project is ratified by the European Commission within the framework of the LIFE+ European programme and has a budget of almost €1.4 million.
Current state of LCD recycling in Europe Liquid crystal displays are present in a large quantity of new equipment launched every year, including televisions, monitors, laptop computers and smartphones. In this respect, LCD televisions and monitors are the main waste type requiring attention because they are so widespread in the marketplace. Approximately 150,000 t of flat screens are currently collected per year in Europe. 120,000 t are LCD and the remaining 30,000 t are plasma screens. Only 1.2% of the general stream of category 3 and 4 WEEE comes from the domestic environment, primarily public collection points (B2C), with the majority of collection taking place within the B2B environment (waste from professionals producers: distributors, etc.) and from distributioncentres providing warranty service
Article published in: FuturENVIRO October 2013