Apr 2 - Contest Seeks Innovative CRT Recycling Proposals

Those with innovative and financially viable proposals for recycling CRT (cathode ray tube) glass are invited to submit their ideas for a chance to win $10,000. The contest is sponsored by The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI)®, who issued a press release on April 1.

The contest was conceived as a response to the expected two billion pounds of CRT that will be discarded in the coming years as consumers replace their CRT products with newer technology, including liquid crystal display (LCD), light-emitting diode (LED) and plasma displays.

"The CRT challenge is a crowd-sourced technical competition to find new uses for old CRT glass," said Walter Alcorn, vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability, CEA. "The consumer electronics industry is fully committed to eCycling and this CRT challenge has the potential to uncover new, innovative electronics recycling."

Contest entries will be accepted until June 30.

Kudos to the sponsors of this contest for their efforts to find creative new ways to use CRT glass.

CAW shares that goal and is currently sponsoring AB 1022 (Eggman), a measure that would help incentivize end-markets for CRT glass, keep it out of the waste stream, and create California jobs. AB 1022 does so by authorizing the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to make market development payments to electronic waste recyclers to process and clean the CRT glass, and to manufacturers who uses CRT glass to manufacture a product in California.

Find out more about AB 1022 here.