R2 Solutions clarifies CRT glass rules

Organization's board prohibits the use of CRT glass as ADC, deeming it a form of land disposal.

March 26, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
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The board of directors of Boulder, Colo.-based R2 Solutions has voted unanimously to clarify that R2:2013 prohibits the use of CRT (cathode ray tube) glass that no longer is considered a focus material (FM) as alternative daily cover (ADC) at solid waste landfills.

“This formal clarification by the board is a win for the environment,” says Clare Lindsay, a member of the R2 Solutions board and formerly of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste. “The CRT crisis must be dealt with effectively and expeditiously but not through the use of less-than-optimal environmental solutions.”

The March 26, 2014, vote by the organization’s board of directors is in line with the recommendation of the multistakeholder R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which recently deliberated the issue.

R2:2013's Provision 2(a)(3) states that electronics recyclers shall not direct materials to “...land disposal facilities unless no reuse or recycling options are viable.” The R2 TAC and the board agreed that recycling options are viable for non-FM CRT glass and that ADC does not constitute a form of reuse or recycling under the Standard (but rather a form of land disposal).

“CRT glass is such a contentious issue. And some people suggest that with an issue like this, real consensus-based, multistakeholder decision-making cannot adequately protect the environment,” says John Lingelbach, executive director of R2 Solutions. “Not true. Voluntary industry standards should be developed through multistakeholder processes; it's that simple. This decision on CRT glass supports this widely held principle.”

R2 Solutions, its board and the multi-stakeholder R2 TAC say they will continue to monitor the CRT glass situation in the United States and around the globe. 

R2 Solutions is a nonprofit organization established to house the R2 standard. The organization provides educational and outreach services as well as administrative support for the R2 standard and the Technical Advisory Committee, which is charged with advancing and further developing the standard.