CRT glass is negative value.
There is a cost to properly recycle CRT glass due primarily to lead focus material contained in the glass. Many processing facilities and smelters have been forced to close for stockpiling the glass, which creates a much larger environmental hazard. Imagine a warehouse filled with CRTs, and possibly lead dust if any of the CRT glass is broken. It's a serious concern for the environment and public health.
With fewer processing facilities, the ones that remain open are in great demand which drives up the price. Additionally, MRC Recycling must ship the glass greater distances which increases freight/logistics cost. MRC Recycling, in compliance with R2 Certification, is required to ship the CRT glass to a properly vetted downstream vendor to properly handle and process the material. This protects our customers from being held as a potential responsible party through any environmental liability.
Many e-waste recyclers have discontinued accepting CRT glass altogether. MRC Recycling maintains that this option is not an acceptable environmental solution and that the recycling of CRT glass is the right thing to do, even if it comes at an increased cost. If an e-recycler is accepting CRT TV's and Monitors and not charging fees for proper recycling, that should be a red flag. Ask for their Certification, and an explanation of how they are properly recycling that material.
MRC Recycling will continue to seek the most cost effective solution to properly recycle CRT glass as new technologies emerge, and pass those savings onto our customers.
If you have additional questions about CRT recycling, please contact us. We are fully transparent with our processes and always seek to do the right thing.