LEGITIMATE RECYCLING OF USED CATHODE RAY TUBES

 

Hazardous Waste Program fact sheet
09/2020
Division of Environmental Quality Director: Ed Galbraith
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Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) are the video display components of televisions and computer monitors. The glass in CRTs typically contains enough lead to require it to be managed as a hazardous waste. The Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law includes 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 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% by weight or volume of the amount of that material 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.

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

To learn more about electronics recycling in Missouri visit e-cycle Missouri.

Televisions as Hazardous Waste
Businesses choosing 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, visit EPA's webpage, T ypical Wastes Generated by Industry Sectors

Additional Information
Code of Federal Regulations
E-cycle Missouri
Typical Wastes Generated by Industry Sectors