Emergency Regulations: CRT and CRT Glass Disposition Options
DTSC Reference Number: R-2011-03
DTSC filed this proposed emergency regulatory action with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on October 3, 2012:
Existing California regulations (California Code of Regulations, title 22, chapter 23 Standards for Universal Waste Management) authorize universal waste handlers to dismantle and process (“treat”) discarded electronic products for the purpose of recycling under relaxed standards. As a condition of this authorization, a handler must ensure that all cathode ray tube (CRT) glass resulting from authorized treatment of CRTs is reclaimed either at a “CRT glass manufacturer or at a primary or secondary lead smelter.” No other types of recycling or disposal are currently available to universal waste handlers who process CRTs in California. At the time these regulations were adopted, CRT manufacturing was the option with the highest capacity to utilize CRT glass. As the demand for CRT devices has greatly decreased with the advancements of other types of video display technologies, so has the demand by manufacturers for the glass from old picture tubes.
These proposed regulations expand the options for the disposition of CRT glass generated by Universal Waste handlers by allowing:
· Other recycling options besides CRT glass manufacturing or primary or secondary lead smelting, consistent with California’s existing hazardous waste recycling laws
· Disposal of lead-containing CRT glass (e.g., funnel glass) or intact CRTs as fully-regulated hazardous waste at a hazardous waste facility (i.e., only at a Class 1 Landfill) if specified management standards are met
· Disposal of non-RCRA CRT glass (e.g., barium-containing panel glass) as solid waste in a Class II or Class III land fill, provided the glass is managed in accordance with specified conditions prior to disposal