Illinois CRT Recycling picked up by Kuusakoski for State of Illinois
Illinois CRT Recycling just got a boost from Governor Rauner of Illinois. The governor recently signed into law several bills which were sponsored by state Senator Jason Barickman, the Republican representative of Bloomington. Among these were House Bill 1455, which created the Electronic Products Recycling Act. This act sets new goals for electronics manufacturers and recycling firms over the next two years in an effort to divert modern electronic devices from ending up in landfills, where its devastating impact on the surrounding environment can already be seen in many places around the country. It does this through an increase in the targeted amount of e-waste to be recycled by weight. Certain types of e-waste are listed as having a targeted recycling amount of up to 90% of its weight, going by estimates in the total amount of e-waste over the last five years.
While it constitutes only 2% of the waste in landfills across the United States, e-waste – which consists of modern electronics in every variety, from old television monitors to discarded smartphones – is believed to comprise as much as 70% of that which is officially considered toxic waste within US landfills. The variety of metals and other substances used in the manufacture of electronics has a devastating effect upon the environment where it is allowed to accumulate over time, with profound implications for groundwater and overall ecological health. In addition, many of these materials are readily reusable. Of particular concern are CRTs, the modern designation for cathode ray tubes; the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 43% of e-waste in US landfills today consists of CRTs. These glass tubes were used in television sets for decades, to the point where they also wound up in early computer monitors. Their manufacture involved the use of lead, which makes them a strong proximity hazard to both the human population and a given landfill’s natural environs.
Kuusakoski Oy (https://www.kuusakoski.com) is a Finnish firm with a 100-year history of transparent, environmentally friendly practices and a history of innovation on the global industrial level. It is a world leader in environmentally conscious materials recycling, including the research and development process of developing newer, cleaner, and more efficient methods of recycling a wide variety of materials. With the passing of HB 1455, Governor Rauner has paved the way for Kuusakoski’s American division, Kuusakoski Recycling, to bring a new, environmentally safe method for the recycling of CRTs to bear across the state of Illinois, an act which many hope to see echoed across the country.
Kuusakoski Recycling manually disassembles the CRT units, and recycles 50% of the materials, containing Steel, Copper, Aluminum, and Plastic. The remaining glass component is sent through a proprietary process whereby the glass may be crushed, and stabilized through chemical treatment to where its lead component will no longer leech out. The finished product is stored in an EPA approved and monitored “Mineable Cell” where is can be easily retrieved for later refining. This scientifically vetted procedure is a legitimate form of recycling, a widely recognized use for CRT glass, which packs a one-two punch in the Kuusakoski Oy’s continuing worldwide efforts to preserve the natural environment: it removes the threat posed by untreated CRT glass or less sound processing methods, while simultaneously eliminating the risk of leaded glass being stockpiled in hundreds of unknown and unmonitored sites.
More information about Kuusakoski Recycling’s revolutionary CRT recycling methodology, including a downloadable paper on the subject, may be found online at http://kuusakoski.us/recycling-services/crt-recycling/.