Could this project finally offer a solution for monitor waste?

Recycling workers handle monitor waste
(Image credit: MMD / PREVENT Waste Alliance)

Monitors are a problem. We need them for our daily work, and here at Creative Bloq we often review the latest screens designed for creatives. But historically they've been one of the worst offenders when it comes to unsustainable e-waste.

Progress is being made to recycle more components from computers and peripherals, but the small circuit boards in LCD monitors usually contain burnt-in chemicals, including lead and mercury. A lot of e-waste is shipped to Africa for processing, and there are often insufficient facilities to deal with these these toxic elements. 

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.