When it comes to electronic waste, CRT’s are considered to be the most difficult commodity to recycle responsibly. Due to the high content of lead and phosphors, CRTs are categorized as “hazardous household waste” and can be highly detrimental to the environment.
A few statistics, pulled from “Recycling Today’s” CRT Analysis are as follows. The following statistics were pulled from August 2013.
An estimated 6.9 million tons (232.2 million units) of CRT devices will require management from 2013 to 2033. If all CRTs projected to reach end-of-life are recovered for recycling (100 percent recovery), the annual quantity of CRTs recovered would range from 925,000 tons in 2013 to 280,000 tons in 2022, ultimately dropping to 0 in 2033. Approximately 85 percent (5.9 million tons, 197.5 million units) of remaining CRT devices are projected to reach end-of-life by 2022. During the 10-year period ending 2022, an average of 590,000 tons (19.5 million units) will require management each year. After 2022, annual averages will drop to 91,000 tons (3.2 million units) per year.
The statistics above show the incredible amount of CRTs that will need to be processed in years to come. When we say processed, we are referring to not just disposing them, but recycling them responsibly.
Global Environmental Services (GES) has entered itself into the market of glass processing, and has done so in a big way. GES differs from other processors because GES has developed what they like to call “The Solution” – a cost effective, environmentally friendly way to process and dispose of CRT glass.
At both their Kentucky and Texas facilities, GES has perfected a process that takes a CRT tube, whether from a computer monitor, television, or other source, and transforms it into fine material that resembles sand. This new finite material can be recycled and used across a multitude of applications, including road striping, sand blasting, tile manufacturing, landscaping, golf course sand, building materials, to name a few.
“We know how to deal with this, and as a proven best of breed Electronics Recycler, GES has solved the problem. CRT glass is not a problem for anyone, any longer, “explained Mr. Gravitt.
Both the Kentucky and Texas facilities operate the exact same process.
First, the item containing the CRT glass is disassembled. All commodities are removed, and the tube, also known as funnel glass, is separated from the panel glass. During this process, the phosphorous contained within the tube is contained and disposed of.
The CRTs are then separated into two different categories: panel glass and funnel glass.
The panel glass is sent through the CRT process to be converted in to the sand-like material described above. However, the funnel glass must go through additional processes. These processes include a multitude of washing cycles which allow GES to stabilize any and all lead content down to a very minimal amount as proven by independent lab tests. Once the lead is properly removed, the panel glass can continue on through the CRT process to be converted into the new sand-like material as well.
How does this help the industry? This revolutionary process allows for CRT glass to be recycled properly and responsibly at a fraction of the current industry costs.
GES’s Mission Statement is as follows, “GES, where we bring together State of the Art Quality, Commitment, and Concern for our Planet to reuse our resources and redirect existing products to help save our earth. For every product we can salvage in one form or the other, the energy and resources it takes to reproduce it can be utilized in a more productive manner, no wasted in redundancy.”
Processing and utilizing material in the most productive manner possible is the #1 goal of GES in the recycling industry.
Kenny Gravitt began his career in the electronics industry in 1974 working in warehouse distribution for IBM. During his tenure at IBM, Kenny designed the Lexmark Trade In Program, allowing customers a range of new opportunities for switching from other branded hardware to Lexmark printers. After over 30 years at Lexmark/IBM, Kenny retired as a senior electronics purchasing agent.
Kenny’s extensive knowledge of downstream diligence, data security and environmental sustainability carried him through until his retirement from IBM in 2006.
In 2008, Kenny founded Global Environmental Services and watched this company grow substantially in just a few short years.