By Tony Perrotta on October 31, 2018
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Recycling LCD and Lamps Safely with Greentec

Technology is constantly progressing, bringing newer and more advanced electronic devices into our reach. While the quest for something better is nothing to be ashamed of, this ever-evolving industry is leaving tonnes of electronic waste in its wake. It is absolutely imperative for the health the environment that e-waste is recycled in a safe manner. This fact is especially true when it comes to mercury-added lamps or devices with LCD screens. Both of these electronics contain especially hazardous materials. According to provincial regulations, it is mandatory that mercury-added lamps be recycled. In addition, the Waste-Free Ontario Act is now pushing waste management in a more sustainable direction, encouraging both individuals and companies to recycle and reuse materials as much as possible. Liquid crystal display (LCD) screens found in laptop computers, monitors and TVs are known to contain hazardous materials. LCD panels are typically backlit by cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs), which contain mercury vapours among other potentially dangerous metals. Mercury-added lamps, which includes fluorescent, compact fluorescent and black lights, are also a mercury hazard. Improper disposal of these materials can result in hazardous consequences. LCDs and mercury-added lamps thrown into a landfill can leak, leaching into streams and groundwater creating dangerous water sources for humans and animals. Incinerating these devices is also unsafe. Heavy metals are not destroyed by incineration, instead creating additional hazardous waste in the form of vapour — which still requires disposal.    The most environmentally responsible and economic manner in which to deal with unwanted LCDs and mercury-added lamps is to recycle them at an approved facility that emphasizes compliance and transparency. This is where Greentec comes in. Using innovative technology, we are able to safely remove all hazardous materials found in items such as LCD screens and lamps. Our automated process is able to separate unsafe materials, while extracting useful materials to be re-purposed. Thanks to our exclusive Blubox technology, we are able to recycle up to 99% of metals and plastics. We work to extract the maximum amount of valuable resources from discarded electronics and recycle what cannot be used. Perhaps most importantly, the fully automated process at Greentec also means these hazardous materials can be removed without human contact. Human safety is at the top of Greentec’s list — the Blubox technology is always under negative pressure thus meeting the highest safety standards. Greentec COO Betty Pereira emphasizes this point. “Our state-of-the-art technology handles hazardous waste materials so people don’t have to. Minimizing the risk of exposure to toxins is critical for people, businesses, and the environment,” said Pereira. Greentec’s process not only keeps humans safe but the environment too. The whole procedure remains emission-free while safely converting hazardous waste into useful raw materials. Greentec meets EPSC and EPRA Canadian Electronics Recycling Standards, as well as being certified by Electronics Refurbishing and Electronics Recycling (SERI R2), NAID and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST SP 800-88), meaning Greentec’s recycling solutions are of the utmost quality. Greentec’s LCD recycling strategy allows companies to safely recycle their old or unused electronics containing LCD screens. Any quantity of screens, monitors, and TVs — from large to small — are accepted at Greentec. Our trained and certified technicians will pick up devices at your company, or they can be shipped directly to Greentec’s facility. Like LCD devices, mercury-added lamps are welcome at Greentec to help keep our environment safe. While electronics of all kinds, including LCD screens and mercury-added lamps, add great value and entertainment to our lives, it is important that we deal with these devices in a safe, responsible manner when we are finished with them. Greentec allows for a safe and environmentally compliant way to recycle, reuse and refurbish your unwanted electronics.
Published by Tony Perrotta October 31, 2018