Stena Launches a Unique Process for Recycling LCD ScreensBy Stena Technoworld, PRNE
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, September 22, 2010 - By the year 2015, it is estimated that the EU's need for the recycling of
flat screens will have multiplied to a dizzying 750,000 tonnes per year. The
Stena Metall Group is now launching a closed process for handling LCD
"The degree of recycling is high and there are major environmental
benefits. Moreover, we are able to move away from manual dismantling," says
Staffan Johansson, managing director for GRIAG Glasrecycling, a part of the
Stena Metall Group.
In 2008, over 100 million flat screens were sold in Europe. TVs, computer
monitors, laptops with LCD, LED or plasma technology have rapidly found a
place in European homes. However, there is a lack of recycling processes that
are both effective, environmentally sound and that reduce the risks for
exposure to mercury for those dismantling the discarded screens.
"We have made great investments in solving the recycling of the rapidly
growing mountain of discarded flat screens. We have developed an automated
process. The degree of recycling is significantly higher than the
requirements that will be set in the future with a tougher WEEE Directive -
which states how much of Europe's electronic waste must be recycled," says
In the process, clean fractions of iron, metals, plastics, circuit boards
as well as glass with liquid crystal are separated. The closed process is
important, not least when it comes to the handling of all the mercury lamps
that are a part of an LCD screen.
"It is easy for mercury lamps to break during manual handling; this gives
rise to health risks for those carrying out the dismantling. With our sealed
and automated process, this risk can be avoided" says Snorre Kolseth, Manager
of the R & D department within WEEE, in the Stena Metall Group.
Moreover, traditional dismantling requires large space and is
"Today's recycling of electronics is very much about finding new ways to
recycle large quantities of electronic waste quickly, complying with the
legislation and with clear environmental and health benefits. Our new process
for LCD recycling is a good example of this," says Staffan Johansson.
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Facts Business Area WEE, the Stena Metall Group
The Stena Metall Group is Europe's leading recycler of electronics and
the business was founded in the early 90s. The Business Area WEEE has
operations in ten countries: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland,
Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Romania and Italy. Using the same
tried-and-tested and effective processes, Europe's electronic waste is
recycled in our facilities. An important objective is to develop the market's
leading services for customers, the environment and society.
For general information about Stena's glass recycling and about new products: Staffan Johansson, Managing director GRIAG Glasrecycling AG, Tel. +46-705-64-70-29, +49-33-920-50-80; For more information about research and development: Snorre Kolseth, Tel +47-63-86-86-19, +47-90-16-61-32
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