Cal Micro Solutions
Cal Micro Recycling takes every precaution at every level to handle CRT glass in a correct and safe manner, has at our facility in Ontario a feasible recycling solution for CRT glass, and operates incessantly within the boundaries of environmental regulation and compliance. Even if it comes at an increased cost, we at Cal Micro believe it’s the right thing to do.
The Challenge of Recycling Old CRTs
A cathode ray tube (CRT) is the glass video display component of an electronic device (usually a television or computer monitor). CRT TVs and monitors contain toxic substances such as lead, mercury, beryllium and cadmium. Years after most Americans switched to flat-screens, we’re just now beginning to deal with the long-term ramifications of sustainably disposing of old cathode-ray televisions and computer monitors. This dangerous, labor-intensive, and costly undertaking will have to be done for each of the estimated 705 million CRT TVs sold in the United States since 1980. In many cases, your old TV isn’t recycled at all and is instead abandoned in a warehouse somewhere, left for society to deal with sometime in the future.
Doing it the right way isn’t easy. It involves separating the lead so it can be used in other products such as car batteries — an expensive step that wasn’t necessary when TV manufacturers wanted CRT glass. Now that they don’t, some recycling businesses are taking shortcuts instead of dealing with the cost of processing the lead-filled glass. Therefore, many processing facilities and smelters have been forced to close for stockpiling the glass, which creates a much larger environmental hazard. In fact, many e-waste recyclers have discontinued accepting CRT glass altogether.
If you have questions about Cal Micro’s CRT glass processing and destruction, please contact us.