AB 1419 (Eggman) - CRT Glass Recycling
Summary: AB 1419 is an important and urgently needed step toward addressing a significant flaw in California’s electronic waste recycling system by supporting the recycling of panel glass from monitors and televisions.
Position and Status: CAW is the sponsor of the bill.
- Passed the legislature August 30th, 2016
- Signed into law by Governor Brown September 22, 2016!
Description: New LCD and LED technology for televisions and monitor screens has taken over and demand for old-fashioned Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) devices has dropped dramatically. The end-use market for CRT glass generated from recycling scrap CRT’s has dried up and recyclers across the nation are struggling with what to do with the glass. Many have even resorted to stockpiling this material in hopes of finding new outlets in the future.
The process of recycling scrap CRT monitors and televisions produces three different types of glass: funnel glass, which contains high levels of lead, and low and non-leaded panel glass which contains very low concentrations of lead, or no lead at all. The current CA regulations limit the options for recycling leaded funnel glass to smelting, glass to glass recycling for the production of new CRTs (currently only done by one company in India), or landfill disposal. Although non-leaded panel glass should be available for many other uses, the regulatory pathway for using these end markets has not been clearly developed.
The bill seeks to reduce the environmental risk inherent in the stockpiling and export of glass from monitors and televisions, by creating a recycling framework for CRT panel glass. This glass has been processed and rendered harmless for the variety of end-uses, and AB 1419 would clearly differentiate which recycling markets are appropriate for this material.
Contact CAW: Teresa Bui, (916) 443-5422
Organizations supporting AB 1419:
• All eWaste, Inc.
• Association of California Recycling Industries
• Cali Resources, Inc.
• Californians Against Waste
• California Association of Local Conservation Corps (CALCC)
• California Electronic Asset Recovery (CEAR)
• California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)
• Cal Micro Recycling
• Ecology Action
• ECS Refining
• Electronic Recyclers International
• E-Recycling of California
• Environmental Working Group
• Fireclay Tile
• Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), West Coast Chapter
• Kleen Blast Abrasives
• Marin County Hazardous & Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority
• Napa Recycling & Waste Services
• Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA)
• Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)
• Sonoma County AB 939 Local Task Force
• Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
• Technologies Displays Americas, LLC
• Tycoon Materials, Inc. DBA Happy Recyclers