CRT recyclers find new markets for recycled glass

Shropshire-based CRT Recycling has claimed that there is a market for recycled cathode ray tube glass recycling despite the imminent closure of one of Europe's largest CRT panel manufacturers.

Following the announced closure of Schott Glass of Germany plans by a number of other companies in the UK to set up CRT splitting operations have now been put on hold.

But CRT Recycling has said market outlets for CRT do exist and announced that it has agreed a contract to supply CRT glass to global manufacturers.

Speaking at the national household hazardous waste forum's seminar 'Travels of Toxic Tellies', managing director of CRT Recycling, David Burton said guaranteed market outlets and exclusive global supply contracts for processed CRT glass had been finalised.

Although he would not mention the companies involved he said the negotiations completed by its German sister company RTG had been for over 45,000 tonnes of material, representing approximately four million TVs and monitors.

Mr Burton said: "While RTG have been processing cathode ray tube glass and supplying this as a raw material into global markets for the past ten years, we will not be limiting ourselves to simply exporting glass from the UK.

"We are already developing, with our national partners, the integrated chain of collection and disassembly of televisions and monitors and the subsequent splitting and processing of CRTs – we are well prepared for the introduction of the WEEE legislation."

CRT Recycling will be collecting televisions and monitors from local authorities. The CRTs will be disassembled and the glass will graded into funnel or panel, cleaned, processed to the manufacturers specification and tested.

600450 CRT recyclers find new markets for recycled glass
Date: 12 October 2004

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