CRT Glass Recycling
NEWS RELEASE (Peoria, IL – August 2, 2017)
Kuusakoski Glass, LLC announces the approval of its CRT glass separation process by the Illinois EPA
Kuusakoski Glass, LLC, a subsidiary of Kuusakoski US, in conjunction with its cathode ray tube (CRT) glass treatment partner, Peoria Disposal Company (PDC), is pleased to announce that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the County of Tazewell, Illinois, have approved PDC’s application to use crushed, non-hazardous CRT panel glass as an aggregate substitute in the construction of landfill gas extraction wells and leachate recirculation wells at the PDC Indian Creek Landfill Facility.
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Kuusakoski Glass and PDC have been working for the past six months on the separation of the CRT panel and funnel glass after the CRT tube goes through a crushing and metal removal process. Engineering modifications have been made to the Kuusakoski Glass Facility’s CRT glass processing line, and third party laboratory testing has been completed to ensure the panel glass has been effectively separated from the funnel glass.
“What Kuusakoski and PDC have accomplished is the essence of the Circular Economy, and what Responsible Recycling is all about – achieving best available recovery of value while being sensitive to minimizing greenhouse gases and protecting the future from toxics. Life Cycle Analysis and evaluation of the entire eco-system drives good decisions and true progress for the electronics, recycling and waste industries”
In addition, Kuusakoski Glass has entered into an agreement with North American smelter whereby it will accept CRT glass to an agreed upon specification for lead concentration, on a limited basis, from its Peoria, IL CRT glass processing facility. Some CRT glass has already been shipped and accepted by the smelter.
“What Kuusakoski and PDC have accomplished is the essence of the Circular Economy, and what Responsible Recycling is all about – achieving best available recovery of value while being sensitive to minimizing greenhouse gases and protecting the future from toxics. Life Cycle Analysis and evaluation of the entire eco-system drives good decisions and true progress for the electronics, recycling and waste industries” says Doug Smith, Director of Environment, Safety and Health at Sony Electronics Inc.
After separation, the CRT panel glass is used as a construction aggregate material, and the CRT lead concentrated glass is either shipped to the smelter and used as a reagent, or is shipped to the PDC Indian Creek Landfill post-treatment and is placed in a retrievable storage cell or used as alternate daily cover at the site.
“The treatment of the funnel glass continues to be the best solution to address costs, long-term liabilities and capacity shortfalls in the United States” says Rich Hipp, Kuusakoski Recycling’s President of U.S. operations. “Nevertheless, we are happy to provide another CRT glass option to our customers who are willing to pay for it. With this latest announcement, Kuusakoski Glass now offers an unparalleled menu of choices for OEMs and recyclers for the proper management of CRT glass depending on individual corporate goals”.
For more information about Kuusakoski’s CRT recycling solutions, please visit our website, or call Marc Artozqui, Kuusakoski Glass Facility Manager, at (309) 691-5015.
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