Why do all recyclers stay away from CRT monitors and TV's
Before we start with that question which is very important, we will ask ourselves the opposite question? we all know that recycling companies are in business (not charity) for one reason, and it is profits, of course that many recyclers see their work as a mission, however all of them, or most of them need to make a living.
Now to the question, lets take a computer CRT (cathode ray tube) monitor for instance and take it apart.
This is how the CRT will look after we take out the plastic casings, this will require about 12-20 screws to un-screw.
You can actually click on the picture in order to see it in a large view like we do, this computer monitor like all other CRT monitors is made of a few parts:
Bottom line, if you take a CRT or a TV apart you will probably spend as much in labor as you recover from selling the copper yoke, printed circuit board (s) and the wires, and you will be left with the cathode ray tube which you will have to dispose of properly (if you would like to do the right thing and not just dump it in a landfill), and that will actually cost you money to do.
What do recyclers that buys or takes CRT's do with it?
In the past recyclers was able to actually export the scrap CRT's and TV's to third world countries such as China, Philippines, India and Malaysia.
What did they do with it?
Back in 2001 a lot of computer CRT monitors used was exported to these countries, the rumor said that it was there converted from computer monitors into little TV's, yes 14", 15" and 17" TV's, it was explained that since these countries has very crowded cities so apartments there is about 10 square meters or 100 square foot, and they fit not less than 8 people in such a small room, that is why they preferred such a small TV.
A fact is that people in these kind of countries such as China for an example
worked (some still) for about $50.00 per month, that means that if an employee
in a "precious metals refinery" took apart only 10 CRT monitors per day which is
more than possible, this means about $0.20 per monitor for the "precious metals
refinery" now is this a profit or not? according to many resources there was no
agency which was actually enforce these kind of factories to dispose of the
cathode ray tube properly therefore these was actually end up in a landfill or
in the river, check out these link.
Many states has taken the CRT recycling a step forward such as MA:
So what is really the destiny for millions of scrap CRT's and TV's?
As of today, many states and cities has a cathode ray tube recycling programs, where they take the end of life CRT's and TV's and handle it to the proper recycler to deal with, we assume that with the large volumes they supply these recycling companies they are almost able to just handle it to them, some others probably has to pay in order to dispose of these properly.
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