Title: Recycling of electronic displays: Analysis of pre-processing and potential ecodesign improvements
Authors: ARDENTE FULVIOMATHIEUX FABRICERECCHIONI MARCO
Citation: RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING vol. 92 p. 158-171
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC89496
ISSN: 0921-3449
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921344914001955
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC89496
DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2014.09.005
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This article analyses the current and future end-of-life management of electronic displays (flat screen televisions and monitors), and identifies and discusses possible ecodesign recommendations to improve it. Based on an investigation of the treatment of displays in two typical European recycling plants, key aspects and criticalities of the recycling methods (sorting, dismantling and pre-processing) are identified. Disaggregated data concerning on-site measurements of the time needed to manually dismantle different displays are presented. The article also discusses the potential evolution of end-of-life scenarios for electronic displays and suggests possible recommendations for recyclers, producers and policy-makers to promote resource efficiency in the recycling of such waste products. Data on time for dismantling the displays can be used to build measurers for voluntary and mandatory policies, to stimulate design innovations for products improvement, and to assess possible alternative treatments of the waste during the pre-processing at the recycling plants. Some quantitative product measures (based on the time thresholds for dismantling some key components) are also discussed, including an assessment of their economic viability. These measures can potentially be enforced through mandatory and voluntary European product policies, and could also be extended to other product groups.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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