CRT Glass Destruction

CRT (cathode ray tube) glass is an older technology used in electronic devices such as computer and television monitors. As dated electronic appliances are replaced by more modern technologies, CRT equipment must be handled and disposed of carefully to avoid safety risks associated with improper destruction practices.

Conserving Landfill Space

Glass does not break down, so when it is discarded improperly, it has a dramatic environmental impact. Unlike the contents of a compost pile, the waste in a landfill does not decompose much. Because non-biodegradable substances like glass are taking up space in landfills, these waste sites are filled at a faster rate. Consequently, this means more dump sites need to be formed. Recycling glass offers significant environmental relief because it can be manufactured into new glass products over and over.


Unlike standard forms of glass, CRTs contain harmful components. They are typically lined with toxins including lead, cadmium, barium, and fluorescent powders. When dumped into landfills without taking the necessary precautions, these toxins can be released into the soil and surrounding areas.

Reuse or Repair

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes reuse or repair of CRTs before disposal or recycling. However, due to the plummeting demand for CRT electronics, it is often impractical to reuse or repair discarded product. Still, the EPA continues to make improvements to CRT handling regulations and prevent mismanagement.

For more information about eco-friendly waste disposal and recycling, please contact Cal Micro Recycling by calling 909.572.1661.