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Going flat out to recycle screens


RoboTele TV recycling

Our love of gadgets means it is no longer unusual to have two or even three TVs in a home. And with advances in technology, that means we're producing more electrical and electronic waste than ever before.

At Veolia, we have state-of-the-art facilities that can give flat screens and monitors a second, third or even fourth life.

At our RoboTele facility in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, we dismantle and recycle over half a million screens every year. That's the equivalent of more than 2,500 tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) that is turned into a resource to make new products.
 

The process uses robots to remove each screen without damaging the surrounding case.


A second robot safely traps the mercury inside the tubes by injecting a wax mixture, before they are cut and removed for further recycling.

Using a shredding line, we can extract non-ferrous metals such as copper and aluminium and any plastics are segregated by hand and sent to a recycler to be turned into plastic granules to make new TV frames.

Finally, the circuit boards containing gold, silver and platinum are removed by hand and sent to a specialist third party to extract the precious metals and make new circuit boards for new TVs and computers. All of which Veolia is able to recycle to go full circle, closing the loop again and again.
 
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Closing the loop by recycling and reusing component parts from flat screen TV's and monitors