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How does the e-Stewards Standard address the management of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) andCRT glass?

A: Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) and CRT glass are a major concern in electronic waste
management due to their high lead content and the challenges associated with their recycling and
disposal. The e-Stewards Standard includes specific requirements for the management of CRTs
and CRT glass to ensure that they are handled safely and responsibly throughout the recycling
chain. Key requirements include:

  1. Safe handling and storage: CRTs and CRT glass must be handled and stored in a manner
    that prevents breakage, releases, and exposures to workers and the environment.
  2. Removal of hazardous components: Prior to processing, certified recyclers must remove
    hazardous components from CRTs, such as phosphors, coatings, and frit, and manage
    them separately as hazardous waste.
  3. Processing requirements: CRTs and CRT glass must be processed only in facilities that
    are properly licensed, permitted, and equipped to handle leaded glass safely and recover
    lead and other materials.
  4. Restrictions on disposal: The disposal of CRTs and CRT glass in solid waste landfills is
    prohibited under the e-Stewards Standard, and any residuals from CRT processing must
    be managed as hazardous waste.
  5. Downstream due diligence: Certified recyclers must conduct due diligence on
    downstream vendors involved in the processing of CRTs and CRT glass to ensure that
    they are operating in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and using best
    available technologies for lead recovery.
  6. Export restrictions: The export of CRTs and CRT glass is subject to the same restrictions
    as other hazardous electronic waste under the e-Stewards Standard, including the
    prohibition on exports to developing countries.
    By establishing strict requirements for the management of CRTs and CRT glass, the e-Stewards
    Standard aims to promote the safe and responsible recycling of these problematic materials and
    prevent the release of lead and other hazardous substances into the environment.