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 speaking for 40 not-for-profit e-waste producer responsibility organisations (PROs). Our mission is to help the PROs succeed operationally, take back and report e-waste efficiently and be known as members of the world’s foremost e-waste competence centre and as promoters of a circular economy. We engage in the general debate on e-waste policy matters, in Europe and globally.

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