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Recycling FPD

Recycling Lives is the first company in England to have developed a fully dedicated Flat Panel Display (FPD) processing centre at its plant.

Flat Panel Display Processing

An introduction to our FPD department

We can now accept large quantities of FPD units such as flat screen televisions and flat screen computer monitors. Our state of the art FPD installation has been developed under the guidance of industry experts to ensure efficiency and safety when dealing with the toxic mercury vapours that prevent most companies from recycling FPDs.

Fast and effective FPD recycling

At the Recycling Lives’ FPD recycling centre, the disassembly process for FPD units has been broken down into stages in order to increase the speed of unit handling. As leaders in innovative recycling and waste management methods, we have been able to incorporate the best processes from our advanced cathode ray tube (CRT) recycling facilities into our FPD processing facility in order to ensure maximum efficiency.

FPD's ready to be recycled

FPD’s ready to be recycled

The result has been improvements in both speed and effectiveness, and the subsequent data has enabled Recycling Lives to develop a best practice for FPD recycling. At full capacity, we are able to recycle up to 1000 units per day, which means that we are able to accept both small and large scale FPD recycling contracts.

Speed and safety

While the Recycling Lives FPD processing facilities place a heavy emphasis on speed and efficiency, health and safety is – as ever – of paramount importance to us. When broken during manual disassembly, the lighting tubes behind FPD screens release toxic mercury vapours that are harmful to both the environment and to the staff who are processing them.

The development of our FPD recycling line has involved significant investment into health and safety testing, sophisticated mercury analysing equipment and a specially designed mercury-safe dismantling room, in addition to specialist protective equipment and training for staff on how to work safely in a potentially hazardous environment.

Mercury isolation



Mercury isolation process

Mercury isolation process

Once staff in the main area of the recycling centre have removed the plastic and metal components from the FPD units, the remaining screen and mercury-filled fluorescent tubes enter the sealed mercury-safe FPD room on a conveyor belt.

The staff members working in the room are rotated at regular short intervals in order to minimise the strain caused by working in heavy face-masks and bodysuits as they separate the mercury back lights from the FPD screens. The air in the room is replaced once every sixty seconds and all mercury is treated, sucked out into a separate unit and stored away from all other areas in preparation for external recycling.

Health & Safety and Quality Assurance

Our busy WEEE recycling facilities are managed to ensure the highest standards of quality and safe working practices.

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