This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of E-Scrap News.
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The current drive to recycle or repurpose CRT glass is leading the e-scrap industry into uncharted territory. CRT glass has lost its marketability and, with that, the e-scrap industry has lost its answer for the recycling of the CRTs.
Electronics recycling in just a few years in New Jersey has gone from a highly successful and widespread program that processed worn-out televisions and computers to one where a growing number of e-scrap collection sites are being abandoned.
For much of the past decade, manufacturers have had a “piñata problem” whenever electronics recycling issues arose in state legislatures. Continue Reading
A New Jersey lawmaker may introduce legislation boosting the government’s role in e-scrap recycling, a move electronics manufacturers would likely fight.
A three-year-old e-scrap firm in Wisconsin says it is opening its newest plant elsewhere because permit requirements at home have held up its plans for a CRT processing operation. But Wisconsin officials say they never actually halted construction and that the regulatory questions they raised are bound to follow the company regardless of its location.
Illinois is set to put a legislative Band-Aid on the state’s e-scrap program, requiring electronics manufacturers to collect and recycle more material in coming years.