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Flat panel displays not a problem at all for GreenWEEE

GreenWEEE managed to process 150 000 modern-day TVs and monitors at its recycling facility in Buzau city, Romania, since it was established last May. The company says it is particularly proud of operating the only dedicated flat panel display recycling line in Central-East Europe.

The company invested EUR 500 000 in the new recycling line that can treat around 2500 tonnes of LCD, plasma and LED flat panel displays per year. GreenWEEE offers an automatic recycling process and the installation simultaneously recycles LCD, plasma and LED flat panel displays using the latest technology to ensure the safe recycling.

For the LCDs containing CCFL fluorescent tubes, the treatment process focuses on the extraction of hazardous substances and materials, especially mercury, which is removed in a controlled environment. The remaining commodities: metals and plastics are treated using existing equipment in GreenWEEE and then reintroduced into the economic circuit as secondary raw materials.

These products are known to contain beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury and other hazardous substances, each of which could possibly pose human health risks. Careful and responsible dismantling is paramount to ensure safety, observes GreenWEEE’s general manager Marius Costache.

And he adds: ‘Technology is constantly evolving, bringing us new devices, much more complex and more efficient, but which also contain various dangerous substances. Thus, we have had to find ways to dispose of this equipment in a safe and eco-friendly way. The flat panel display recycling line is a circular economy solution, as the materials resulting from recycling are used in other industries.’

GreenWEEE provides treatment operations at the ‘highest standards’ and is the only unit in Romania and one of the few in Europe with the operating under WEEEBALEX license, for the large domestic equipment, small household appliances, cathode ray tubes and CFA workflows.

GreenWEEE was founded in Buzau in 2009 and is part of the integrated recycling park Green Group; the company has two plants, one in Buzau and one in Campia Turzii. With a total investment of EUR 25 million and having a recycling capacity of 100 000 tonnes per year, GreenWEEE contributes significantly to Romania’s e-scrap recycling targets.

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