Manchester, UK based Nulife Glass has opened a recycling facility in Dunkirk, New York which will soon begin recycling leaded glass from Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) screens.
Nulife said that the facility has been opened by its wholly owned subsidiary, Nulife Glass NY, and follows its successful commissioning in the UK of what it claimed to be the most advanced CRT recycling plant in the world, and the only active industrial scale process to recycle leaded glass
The company said that it will recycle the glass using its proprietary furnace technology (See WMW Feature) to extract lead from the glass making the material into a safe reusable material and creating pure lead for sale to the battery industry.
The facility is expected to recycle a total of around 200 million pounds (91,000 tonnes) of CRT glass.
According to Nulife, the success of the plant it built in the UK for e-waste recycler, SWEEEP Kuusakoski (pictured above) encouraged it to make its process available for the accumulated mountains of waste television glass in the U.S.
Locating within the U.S. means there is now no need to export waste CRT glass, something which is the company said is becoming increasingly difficult as the Federal EPA steps up their oversight of waste exports to prevent toxic waste being dumped in developing nations who are not equipped to deal with it.
Simon Greer, the company’s owner and inventor of the furnace told WMW that the following a redesign to the lead outlets, the furnace the company sold to SWEEEP Kuusakoski has operated even better than he had anticipated, and melted the targeted 10 tonnes per day.
According to Greer SWEEEP has also had great success in winning new business on the back of capability which the furnace gives it, a situation he expects to see replicated in the U.S. where there are currently huge stockpiles of CRT glass awaiting a solution.
While the Dunkirk facility is not yet operational, and is awaiting the delivery of a furnace from the UK, the site is accepting leaded glass, which Greer said has come as a “great relief” to those sat on growing stockpiles of CRT waste.
“It seems as though our opening one site is a wave of hope for those who are holding stock with no solution,” Greer told WMW.
The company said that it plans to open new sites and build sufficient CRT glass recycling furnaces to suit the incoming quantity of glass and operate in a supporting role to e-waste recyclers which dismantle televisions and that need a reliable and sustainable downstream outlet for the CRT glass they create.
“Now there is no need to landfill CRT glass and we will open strategic sites to minimise on waste haulage which in some cases is currently being shipped half way around the world,” added Greer.
Nulife said that plans are already being made for many more sites in the U.S. and other strategic sites in Europe, Asia and New Zealand.
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