A recycling plant claimed to be the first in the world to mechanically process LCD Flat Panel Displays (FPD) has received full UK approval from the Environment Agency.
Electrical Waste Recycling Group (EWRG), it has spent two years developing and testing the equipment which is now fully operational allowing for automated in-house mechanical FPD processing at a rate of one every six seconds.
Manually dismantle CRT’s at speeds of up to one every minute but FPD’s provide a greater degree of difficulty and even the most proficient operators have failed to achieve anything quicker than 4 units per hour in a fully compliant process and often less dependent on size of the monitor.
Under its FPD Recycle Division, EWRG said that it has now been granted full license and approval for processing FPDs in its automated mechanical system at speeds of 600 per hour using its Best Available Treatment.
Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) compliant system.
According to the recycler, the system is also fully mercury abated, removing the risk faced in manually stripping the mercury bearing backlights from the panels.
The facility, which has a capacity to handle 20 tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) per hour, also features in-house mercury distillation, copper recycling, the largest lamp recycling facility in the UK and battery recycling capabilities.