Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are composed of several electronic parts that work together to create the display of a large electronic device, such as the screen of a computer monitor or TV. With the rise in popularity of TV and computers, CRT tubes used to be a widely used technology. However, with the refinements of less bulky technology for monitors (like LCDs), CRTs are becoming obsolete and waste management is necessary.
Are CRTs Hazardous Waste?
Yes. CRTs contain lead in the funnel glass, so they are considered hazardous waste as per the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). There are other hazardous substances within CRTs, but lead is the biggest Hazardous constituent.
Disposing of CRTs
Before businesses consider recycling or otherwise disposing of CRTs, the EPA recommends that they attempt to repair and reuse them. If these options are not viable, recycling or disposal is the next step.
While recycling and reuse would be ideal, the lead content makes it difficult to do this in a safe way. As a result, some companies stockpile CRTs indefinitely or worse yet, improperly dispose of the CRT glass tubes in landfills, exposing groundwater, soil, and air to hazardous chemicals. CRTs need to be transported by a licensed Hazardous Waste Transporter and be microencapsulated and landfilled in a Subtitle D Landfill.
Due to the level of popularity that once existed for CRT-using technology, there is now a large surplus of CRTs and fewer facilities that are accepting this solid waste.
Clean Management has the experience and qualifications to properly dispose of CRTs. If your business needs assistance in disposing of your excess CRTs, contact Clean Management or fill out a form to get a fast and free quote.