Enforce the CRT Rule
In 2006, USEPA amended its regulations and excluded CRTs and glass removed from CRTs from hazardous waste regulations if certain conditions are met.
One of those conditions requires that any CRT glass being stored must be in a fully enclosed building or outdoors in a closed package or vehicle. Another requires that 75% of CRT glass received by a facility in a calendar year must be recycled and not speculatively accumulated.
Although the EPA established these rules and requirements, it has chosen to turn a blind eye to the improper storage and massive stockpiling of CRT glass that is now being reported regularly and is sometimes in plain view.
In last month's e-Scrap News magazine's article entitled It's Complicated, an owner of an unpermitted facility in Arizona reported his facility receiving 'a truckload every hour', or the equivalent of between 160 and 480 tons every day (8 or 24 hours). Without operating costs, companies like these are undercutting legitimate CRT glass recyclers and putting their customers at great risk.
It is time that responsible recyclers tell the USEPA to enforce the CRT Rule and put an end to improper storage and speculative accumulation of CRT glass that is hurting responsible e-recycling businesses, depressing the market, damaging the reputation of the e-recycling industry and imperiling the environment.
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