An LCD with a “good screen” is not the same as an LCD that has been tested and is working in accordance with R2. Buyers of LCD monitor screens may be satisfied with a simple flashlight test to reveal whether the screen has cracks or is a “good screen.” A flashlight test, however, does not meet the R2 requirement of Provision 6.c.2 for R2/Ready for Resale equipment because it does not confirm that a monitor’s key functions are working.
If the LCD screen has not been tested for key functions, it can only be sold for reuse under Provision 6.c.3, R2/Ready for Repair, which requires due diligence on the buyer, verification of the legality of imports/exports, and tracking throughput through the downstream recycling chain.
In order to sell the LCD as R2/Ready for Resale (which doesn’t require due diligence on the buyer, etc.), the seller needs to test each LCD and determine that at all Key Functions are working. The process might look like this:
- Evaluate the screen using an LED flashlight to look for cracks. If cracked, the monitor is not reusable.
- Test the LCD Monitor for Key Functions. Verify that the quality of the display is ready for resale.
- Use the built-in self-diagnostics to test the LCD functionality; or
- Plug the monitor into a desktop or laptop computer and run a diagnostic tool to test the LCD functionality; or
- Harvest the LCD screen from the monitor and use a diagnostic tool to test the screen functionality.
- Record the test results as proof of testing the LCD monitors.
- Selling LCD Monitors – if the device passes both #1 and #2 above, it can be sold without the requirements associated with untested or nonworking monitors (see R2 Provision 6.c.2).
Bottom line: Reuse of LCD’s provides a positive environmental impact when properly executed. Be careful, however, not to sell “good screen” LCDs as working devices when they have not been properly tested for key functions.