Over several years, Closed Loop Refining and Recovery was paid to take hundreds of millions of pounds of cathode-ray tube (CRT) materials at sites in Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio. In 2016, the company collapsed, leaving behind massive, contaminated sites that others have had to pay to clean up.
The aftermath provides a cautionary tale for the electronics recycling industry: Be careful where you ship your toxic residuals because the decisions could haunt you for a long time. Years after Closed Loop failed, nearly 100 electronics recycling companies, OEMs and others have been sued over shipments of CRT materials, resulting in settlements totaling millions of dollars.
The cleanups themselves have stretched on for seven years, with most of the leaded glass ultimately ending up in landfills.
E-Scrap News has published dozens of stories keeping readers updated on the most consequential CRT abandonment case in U.S. history. Below, you can find all of our reporting in a convenient timeline format.
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