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CRT processors indicate ample demand.

A webinar hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency featured presentations from four key processors hungry for more CRT glass.

The webinar, which was organized by U.S. EPA's Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic), received support from the Northeast Recycling Council and the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse. It drew more than 200 listeners.

Representatives from processors Camacho, Nulife, Novotec and Kuusakoski provided updates on their operations and detailed their respective approaches to handling CRT glass.

Camacho Recycling, a company founded in 1959 and based in Spain, has been sourcing U.S. CRT glass since 2015. During the webinar, Camacho's JJ Santos estimated Camacho could process 108,000 metric tons of CRT glass per year. He said 20 companies from all over the U.S. are currently sending Camacho separated panel and funnel glass. The only cost to U.S. companies is shipping the material overseas.

Simon Greer, the owner and founder of U.K.-based Nulife Glass, explained to webinar listeners he recently turned on a furnace at a company facility in Dunkirk, N.Y. He said the operation is able to separate and recover lead and glass from CRT funnel glass. At its New York hub, the company receives whole CRT tubes and processes them for the furnace.

Tom Bolon, the CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based Novotec, explained his company launched in 2008 to focus solely on CRT processing. "It was something really no one wanted to deal with and it was a real problem for people."

Novotec typically receives full truckloads of whole TV and monitor units but can receive tubes as well. The processor breaks down whole units and tubes and prepares leaded glass for shipment to Glencore, a smelter in New Brunswick, Canada.

Kuusakoski US partners with a disposal company in Peoria, Illinois to place treated CRT funnel glass in "a dedicated cell" on the grounds of a non-hazardous solid waste landfill. While the material can be stored indefinitely, Rich Hipp, the CEO of Kuusakoski US, said future recovery was possible.

The company's original plan was to use treated CRT glass as alternative daily cover (ADC) at the landfill.

Source: Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

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Date:Apr 12, 2016
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