The UK recycling market is seeing a significant decrease in the volume of cathode ray tubes (CRT) display units entering the waste stream, according to the Electrical Waste Recycling Group, which launched the first automated flat panel display recycling unit in December.
While other companies recycle one unit every 15 minutes manually, EWRG can process one unit of any size mechanically in six seconds, it says.
The UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has reported that the national household e-waste collection target is 77,000 metric tons of display over the next year.
The current ratio is 71 percent CRTS to 29 percent flat panel displays, the Electrical Waste Recycling Group says. The volume of CRT display units is decreasing and currently stands at 216,945 units entering the waste, according to the organization. It says this amount is expected to be 152,778 units per month by the end of the year.
Businesses volumes have a similar number of displays disposed of, it says.
Over the coming years, more than 2 billion pounds, or a thousand tons, of legacy CRT glass TVs and monitors are expected to enter the recycling stream, according to the Consumer Electronics Association and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.