Televisions and other e-waste items are packaged and delivered to the Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre for recycling.
Workers at GEEP remove the plastic casing from around computer monitors and televisions.
The yoke is removed from cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and the copper wiring is taken out.
The tubes are removed and sent to a company that will separate and recycle the glass and lead.
Workers remove circuit boards and other components from televisions, monitors and computer cases.
The circuit boards and other e-waste components are sent through a chain shredder where they are pulverized. This releases individual materials for recycling.
Ferrous metals like steel are separated out via an electromagnet. Non-ferrous metals like aluminum, brass, and copper are recovered by an eddy current separator.
Workers on a sorting line also help remove materials like motors, transformers, stainless steel parts, circuit boards, and mixed plastics.
Shredded plastics are separated out and sorted using advanced machinery.
Recovered materials can then be used in the manufacture of new products. This reduces the need for plastics production and mining of precious metals.
- Photos provided by the City of Edmonton