Recycler tackles TV hazwaste

A waste electrical equipment recycler is extracting valuable quantities of lead from hazardous leaded glass used in old CRT televisions

A furnace designed to help extract lead from CRT glass. Credit: SWEEEP KuusakoskiA Kent recycling company is the first in the world to commercially extract lead from old cathode-ray-tube (CRT) television screens and computer monitors.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycler SWEEEP Kuusakoski, based in Sittingbourne, uses a specially designed furnace to melt ten tonnes of leaded CRT glass per day to extract 2t/day of lead. Each television contains about one kilogram of lead and the extracted metal can be sold for about £1,300/t for use in car batteries.

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