Peoria, IL – On April 6, 2016 the Kuusakoski Glass processing facility in Peoria, IL was approved for the e-Stewards and ISO 14001 certifications. Kuusakoski Glass, in partnership with the Peoria Disposal Company, utilizes the Mineable Cell retrievable storage technology to provide an immediate, cost-effective, IL EPA approved and 100% domestic CRT glass downstream. It is the only fully-dedicated CRT glass processing facility certified by e-Stewards.
The Mineable Cell Solution is a comprehensive process: first CRT display devices are dismantled and all non-glass components are further processed through shredding and separation techniques before being recycled; meanwhile the lead containing CRT glass tubes are crushed to a uniform size while metals are pulled out with an industrial magnet for recycling; then the crushed glass is treated with a proprietary reagent that stabilizes the lead along with all other hazardous toxins. Daily batches of treated glass are tested with two Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure tests in order to confirm the material has been rendered completely non-hazardous; finally the treated glass is placed into a dedicated “mineable cell” at the PDC Indian Creek Subtitle D Non-Hazardous Landfill for the ability to be mined and retrieved in the future.
“This is an important milestone for our team at Kuusakoski Glass,” says Rich Hipp, Kuusakoski US CEO. “Investments in our people, processes, and technologies are clearly being recognized by the industry. The e-Stewards and ISO 14001 certifications are a testament to the team’s hard work and the established continuous improvement culture that all stakeholders witness when they tour and audit the facility.”