CRT pile for recycling.

News about who will shoulder the financial burden of removing hazardous CRT waste in an abandonment case captured clicks last month. | Boonchuay1970/Shutterstock

An investigation into a controversial e-scrap company drew readers’ interest last month, along with stories about CRT abandonments, a facility acquisition and e-plastics processing expansion.

1 | A processor’s history of public-sector contract controversy
An investigation outlines one operator’s track record of running afoul of state officials as well as certification programs, school districts and municipalities.

2 | 5R CRT cleanup costs fall to landlord and taxpayers
A property owner paid $1.1 million to clean up e-scrap abandoned by 5R Processors in Tennessee. State regulators say a similar effort in Wisconsin will cost close to $2 million – and could come out of public funds.

3 | Recycletronics exec pleads guilty to CRT charges
The leader of a company that stockpiled CRT materials in the Midwest has pleaded guilty to criminal charges of storing and stockpiling hazardous waste, federal prosecutors announced last month.

4 | Quantum acquires Costa Rica facility
One of Canada’s largest e-scrap processors has made the leap to Latin America.

5 | Operator looks to expand e-plastic sorting system
Pennsylvania e-scrap firm Owl Electronic Recycling installed e-plastics sortation equipment in response to China’s scrap plastic import ban. That’s proved beneficial for the latest market disruption restricting the scrap plastic trade.


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