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LCD and CRT Monitors and Televisions


LCD Monitor and TV Recycling

Thermal Mechanical Processing

Sims has developed a unique process whereby all components within an LCD screen are thermomechanically processed in an emission-controlled production line. This process is environmentally friendly and limits human exposure to the mercury hazard in LCD monitors.

Benefits include:

  • Guaranteed separation of highly dangerous mercury
  • Maximum protection of employees and the environment
  • Maximum recovery of raw materials

Our process was audited and approved in 2013 by an independent auditor.

CRT Monitor and TV Recycling

Leaded Glass - A Difficult Recycling Problem

When cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors and TVs were still being manufactured, leaded glass from old monitors was used to make new CRT monitors. Each CRT device was made up of between 15 and 90 pounds of leaded glass. As businesses and consumers swapped their bulky, heavy CRT monitors and TVs for flat panel displays, demand for CRT monitors disappeared. Because CRT monitors are no longer produced, responsible disposition of leaded glass from recycled monitors is a challenge. There have been several documented cases of recyclers leaving behind warehouses stacked with abandoned stockpiles of CRT glass, resulting in a liability for local communities and original equipment owners.

Sims Solution for CRT Monitors

The good news is that most CRT monitors have been retired by businesses and consumers and we see fewer and fewer monitors at our facilities. Because of this declining market need, Sims made the decision in 2014 to exit direct processing of CRT monitors in the North American market.

We do have vetted subcontractors that properly dispose of any CRT monitors we receive any North American Sims facility.


Some specialty services described are only available regionally.

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