Hazardous Waste Program fact sheet
Division of Environmental Quality Acting Director: Steve Feeler

Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) are the video display components of televisions and computer monitors. The glass in CRTs typically contains enough lead to require management as hazardous waste.  Missouri hazardous waste management law and regulations include conditional exemptions for the legitimate recycling and reuse of used CRTs as defined in Chapter 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 261.

Used Intact CRTs

Used Broken CRTs

Legitimate Recycling

To qualify for recycling exemptions

Speculative accumulation is prohibited in each of the categories above.  This means that the person accumulating materials before recycling must be able to show that the material is potentially recyclable and has a feasible means of being recycled.  Also, during the calendar year, beginning on Jan. 1, the amount of material that is recycled or sent to a different site for recycling must equal at least 75 percent by weight or volume of the amount of that material that was accumulated at the beginning of the period. Examples of legitimate recycling of CRT glass include use as a fluxing agent at a permitted lead smelter, use as an ingredient at a permitted glass-to-glass facility, use as an ingredient at a permitted tile manufacturer. 

Please note: Use as alternative daily cover and long-term storage are not recycling activities.

To learn more about electronics recycling in Missouri visit www.e-cyclemo.org.

Televisions as Hazardous Waste
Businesses that choose not to reuse or recycle televisions must manage them as hazardous waste. Businesses must abide by applicable hazardous waste laws and regulations. For more information about managing hazardous waste, see our fact sheet Does Your Business Generate Hazardous Waste? available online at www.dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub117.pdf.

Code of Federal Regulations is available at www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html. Copies may be purchased from a U.S. Government Bookstore, the U.S. Government Printing Office or from a commercial information service such as the Bureau of National Affairs.

For More Information
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Hazardous Waste Program
Compliance/Enforcement Section
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
800-361-4827 or 573-751-7560