Under UK and international law it is illegal to export, or allow the export of any redundant computer equipment that is classified as Hazardous waste outside the EU or to any country that is not a member of the OECD. The legislation governing this is defined in the Basel Convention to which the UK is a signatory.
Computer monitors and terminals as classed as Hazardous Waste because they contain 20-25% lead.
At Secure IT Disposals we get at least 3 inquiries every day from companies wanting to buy untested, faulty or scrap monitors. We do not sell any untested, faulty or scrap monitors to anyone. All of the monitors that we cannot sell are sent to a lead smelter in Belgium and are used as part of the smelting process. By using the CRT tubes they are able to reduce their energy consumption by 16%.
Although there is a cost to us using this method of recycling we do it because it's legal, environmentally friendly and above all, it is the right thing to do.