WEEE Forum paper on CRT glass issues now available

Very few treatment facilities accept CRT glass in Europe, and some Member States are stockpiling or simply landfilling the glass from CRTs. This poses a problem for reaching the recycling and recovery targets for screens.

Displays containing cathode ray tubes (CRT) stopped being put on the market at the beginning of this century. However, twenty years later, CRT displays still represent a significant part of the WEEE collected under category two. It is estimated that in the year 2020 still 2.4m tonnes of CRT’s will be present in Europe in households and companies that would need to be treated (EERA). The share of glass containing lead in CRT tubes is close to 35% in weight. Finding an appropriate recycling destination for WEEE CRT glass is crucial in achieving the recycling and recovery targets stated by Directive 2012/19/EU on WEEE. Unfortunately, there are not enough technologies and facilities that currently ensure proper recycling of CRT glass. This situation gives rise to stockpiling, compliance issues and environmental, health and safety issues.

  • The WEEE Forum calls on legislators and policymakers to harmonise the way in which they classify CRT glass and to agree what the recycling, recovery and disposal solutions for WEEE CRT glass are.
  • Regulations need to align with currently available recycling solutions for CRT glass.
  • Competent authorities should urgently stimulate the development of recycling and recovery solutions that address the existing problems around CRT glass.

Read the full paper.


The WEEE Forum a.i.s.b.l. is an international association representing 51 producer responsibility organisations across the globe. Together with our members, we are at the forefront of turning the extended producer responsibility principle into an effective electronic waste management policy approach through our combined knowledge of the technical, business and operational aspects of collection, logistics, de-pollution, processing, preparing for reuse and reporting of e-waste. Our mission is to be the world’s foremost e-waste competence centre excelling in the implementation of the circularity principle.

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