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WRAP targets recyclers of flat panel displays

The Waste & Resources Action Programme has issued an invitation for tender for companies who can demonstrate that they have successful systems for the recycling of flat panel displays.

In recent years FPDs have seen a growth in popularity in replacing traditional cathode ray tube televisions. But WRAP has observed that within five years the arisings of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment from FPDs will reach a critical level.

WRAP project manager Helen Whitehead said: WRAP has made this intervention with the recycling of FPDs to stimulate the rate of recycling of flat panels and particularly to address the removal of the liquid crystal displays (LCDs) they contain, to be removed to exceed standards for hazardous treatment of WEEE.

It has come to our attention that an estimated 135,000 tonnes of FPDs are anticipated to enter the UK waste stream, peaking over the next three or five years. A commercially viable technology for the removal of the intact LCD unit has not, as yet, been openly demonstrated on the market and we believe this information will be of great value to the recycling industry.

Whitehead added that WRAPs projects are invited by way of tender in line with its procedures which enables it to have the widest access and transparency to give potential companies the opportunity to carry out this work.

The closing date for receipt of tenders is 2 February 2009.

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