Scientist at the University of York have made recent discovers that could take discarded televisions screens and recycle them in to new medicine. The key chemical compound found in these screens is known as polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), which is usually incinerated along with the TV screens in landfills.
New methods in recovering PVA from these screens helps transform the compound in to a form that is usable in medical dressings, pill coating, and even tissue scaffolds.
With 2.5 billion liquid crystal displays already reaching the end of their life, and LCD televisions proving hugely popular with consumers, that is a huge amount of potential waste to manage.
To read more about the microwave based technologies that have been developed to extract PVA from television screens, please read the full article.