March 20, 2013 AT 9:01 am

Disposal of Older Monitors Leaves a Hazardous Trail

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Disposal of Older Monitors Leaves a Hazardous Trail –

Last year, two inspectors from California’s hazardous waste agency were visiting an electronics recycling company near Fresno for a routine review of paperwork when they came across a warehouse the size of a football field, packed with tens of thousands of old computer monitors and televisions.

The crumbling cardboard boxes, stacked in teetering rows, 9 feet high and 14 feet deep, were so sprawling that the inspectors needed cellphones to keep track of each other. The layer of broken glass on the floor and the lead-laden dust in the air was so thick that the inspectors soon left over safety concerns. Weeks later, the owner of the recycling company disappeared, abandoning the waste, and leaving behind a toxic hazard and a costly cleanup for the state and the warehouse’s owner.

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  1. I’m surprised that there aren’t other uses for the leaded glass that is used in CRT’s. I thought that leaded glass was actually OPTICAL grade glass such as is used in lenses (ie: eye glasses). Perhaps the mix isn’t EXACTLY right and it might have to be remelted with other stuff to get the exact index of refraction needed. In any case the lead is locked into the glass and can’t leach out so it isn’t the kind of hazard that lead in solder is.

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