Industry groups issue CRT challenge

Industry groups issue CRT challenge

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the Consumer Electronics Association and InnoCentive have announced a new competition to identify new, financially-viable ways to recycle CRT glass.

Proposals for the CRT Challenge will be accepted until June 30, with the winning proposal selected based on its economic and environmental benefits. A $10,000 prize, plus assistance in commercializing the proposal, will go to the winner.

Winners of last year's CRT Challenge (on which the CEA partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund and InnoCentive) were Spanish environmental engineer Mario Rosato, for a closed-loop leaded glass separation process; Manchester, England-based Nulife Glass, for an emissions-minimizing CRT glass furnace; and New Mexico-based mechanical engineer Robert Kirby, whose proposal involved combining CRT glass with cement to create a composite building material. The three winning proposals were selected from over 350 applicants, and organizers are expecting increased competition for this year's competition.

In related news, the CEA has also partnered with the Northeast Recycling Council to gather more data on the CRT management practices in the U.S. The two organizations have launched a survey, with relevant organizations urged to submit responses before April 5.

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