Analysis of Discarded CRTs in Florida:  Volume Projections and Disposal Management Options


The average number of televisions per home was 2.4 in 2001 (US Census, 2005). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 62% of Americans owned one or more computer in 2003. This was an increase from 56% in 2001 and 8% in 1984 (Day, et al. 2005). Additionally in 2001, 98.2% of homes had at least one television, which is up from 87% in 1960. High definition televisions are rapidly replacing the standard definition television. CRTs are quickly becoming obsolete in developed countries and are a major component in the electronic and hazardous waste stream (National Recycling Coalition, 1999). As a result, it is critical to be able to estimate and project the quantity of CRTs that will be disposed. Equally as important is determining the capacity of demanufacturing, recycling, and disposal facilities for discarded CRTs. Management approaches and policies need weigh the economic, environmental, and practical aspects when recommending CRT disposal strategies.


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