As Market Tastes Shift, So Do Amounts of Hazardous Waste
In 2014, you would be hard-pressed to find a home without a flat panel television. Not only do these new screens run on different technology than older projection tube televisions, they also have just as much, if not more, toxic elements within them.
In 2006, a ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that the cathode ray tubes (CRT) inside projection televisions and computer monitors could skirt the definition of solid waste upheld for decades by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to encourage more recycling and re-using of these tubes and to allow the electronics industry to turn old TVs into newer models. The danger is that the tubes in these TVs and monitors could each contain up to eight pounds of lead.