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E-waste: A Review of CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) Recycling


The developments in monitor technology have accelerated in recent years, acquiring a new dimension. The use of liquid crystal display (LCD) and light emitting diode (LED) monitors has rapidly reduced the use of cathode ray tube (CRT) technology in computers and televisions (TVs). As a result, such devices have accumulated as electronic waste and constitute a new problem. Large parts of electronic waste can be recycled for reuse. However, some types of waste, such as CRT TVs and computer monitors, form hazardous waste piles due to the toxic components (lead, barium, strontium) they contain. CRT monitors contain different types of glass constructions and they can therefore be recycled. However, the toxic substances they contain prevent them from being transformed into glass for everyday use. Furthermore, because CRT technology is obsolete, it is not profitable to use CRT as a raw material again. For this reason, poisonous components in glass ceramic structures found in CRT monitors can be confined and used in closed-loop recycling for various sectors.

Mesut Ciftci and Bugra Cicek

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