The recycling of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panels is posing a particular problem for WEEE recyclers in the EU (and beyond) as, according to the Directive 2019/12/EU on WEEE, mercury and liquid crystals must be removed from LCDs before the traditional treatment of shredding. However, WEEE recycling companies in Europe are currently struggling to comply with this directive as the existing manual disassembly process is slow, labour intensive and expensive (3-4 LCDs processed per hour). The difficulty of LCD disassembly combined with high costs has led to a situation of stockpiling of LCDs at recycling facilities across Europe. The Re-Volv project aims to pilot an automated LCD disassembly technology (Trumaster-ALRTM) which can process 80 LCDs per hour. The technology will allow WEEE recyclers to process LCDs at a profit along with meeting the requirements of the WEEE directive, and will address the issue of LCD stockpiling in Europe.

Some of the Re-Volv project objectives are to make available a new technology for treating LCDs and obtain the necessary regulatory approvals for the use of the technology for treating LCDs. The Revolv project was launched at an event in Limerick on Friday 16th April  2015. It is co-ordinated by Votechnik which spun out from the University’s Department of Design and Manufacturing Technology in 2011. Partners in the project include DanWEEE (Denmark), WEEE Forum (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Forum, Belgium), as well as the University of Limerick. The WEEE Forum will mainly be involved in dissemination of project findings.

More info on project's website: www.revolvproject.eu