California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1419, a new bill that will enable the recycling of cathode ray tube (CRT) glass, into law. The State of California’s previous regulations limited the options for recycling CRT glass to smelting, glass-to-glass recycling to produce new CRTs and landfill disposal.
The new bill will allow CRT glass to be used in the creation of new products, where it is determined to pose no harm. The bill will also allow state agencies to identify additional end uses for CRT glass.
American Recycler News has more details:
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill proposed by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) to enable the recycling of cathode ray tube (CRT) glass, found in now obsolete televisions and monitors.
The growing availability and affordability of digital flat screen TVs and monitors has rendered CRT technology obsolete in the U.S. As people upgrade to digital displays, they discard their old televisions and monitors.
The process of recycling scrap CRT monitors and televisions produces two different types of glass: funnel glass, which contains high levels of lead as well as low and non-leaded panel glass. The current state regulations limit the options for recycling this glass to smelting, glass-to-glass recycling for the production of new CRTs, or landfill disposal.