Illegal CRT dumping in Ohio

Authorities investigate illegal CRT dumping in Ohio

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Ohio's Muskingum County Sheriff's Office is investigating a string of incidents involving the illegal dumping of computers and TVs in recycling bins countywide.

The U.S. Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) is providing additional support to the Sheriff’s office as it looks for the culprit.

The overwhelming amount of CRTs illegally placed in recycling bins has convinced local authorities that it is not a simple case of misunderstanding the rules.

The cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contained in computing systems and TVs can pose an environmental hazard as well as a health risk to anyone handling the equipment, especially waste management employees. At press time, the agency that first discovered the illegal dumping of CRTs, SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management, had not yet responded to E-Scrap News' request for comments.

Currently, 25 states have passed electronics recycling legislation. Ohio has yet to pass e-scrap legislation and under current state law, it is not illegal for homeowners to dump CRTs in the municipal solid waste stream.

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