Export Requirements for Cathode Ray Tubes
A cathode ray tube (CRT) is the glass video display component of an electronic device (usually a television or computer monitor). On July 28, 2006 EPA finalized the rule streamlining the management requirements for the recycling of used CRTs and glass removed from CRTs under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Revision to Export Provisions of Cathode Ray Tube Rule
EPA has proposed changes to the notification requirements for CRTs exported for reuse or recycling. The docket for this rulemaking is EPA-HQ-RCRA-2011-1014 and can be accessed at Regulations.gov. The Public Comment period closed on May 14, 2012.
Export Requirements in the CRT Final Rule
Used CRTs (Broken and Intact) Exported for Recycling
Used CRTs exported for recycling must comply with requirements that are specified in detail in 40 CFR 261.39(a)(5). Below is a summary of these requirements. They are:
- Notify EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (OECA) of an intended shipment 60 days before the shipment. Notification may cover exports extending over a 12-month or shorter period.
Notification must include contact information about the exporter and recycler, and an alternate recycler. It must also include a description of the recycling, frequency and rate of export, means of transport, total quantity of CRTs, and information about transit countries.
- OECA will notify the receiving country and transit countries. When the receiving country consents in writing to the receipt of the CRTs, OECA will forward the consent to the exporter. The exporter may not ship the CRTs until he receives the consent.
- If the receiving country does not consent or withdraws a prior consent, EPA will notify the exporter in writing. Exporters must keep copies of notifications and consents for three years following receipt of the consent.
- Consent is not required from transit countries, but EPA will notify the exporter of any responses from these countries.
- Companies approved to export CRTs for recycling
CRT Glass Exported for Recycling
- Processed glass (i.e., CRT glass that has been sorted) is not subject to export requirements. Unsorted glass would be considered a “broken CRT” and would be subject to export requirements.
Used Intact CRTs Exported for Reuse
- Persons who export used, intact CRTs for reuse must submit a one-time notification to the appropriate EPA Regional Administrator, with a copy to the Regional Import-Export Coordinator. The notification must contain contact information and a statement that they are exporting the CRTs for reuse (see 40 CFR 261.41). They must keep copies of normal business records demonstrating that each shipment will be reused. Records must be retained for three years.
- Companies exporting used intact CRTs for reuse
Unused Intact CRTs Exported for Reuse or Recycling
- No regulatory requirements - these are considered commercial products or commercial chemical products being reclaimed.