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. On June 18, 2014, EPA finalized revisions to the export provisions of the 2006 CRT final rule.
Export Requirements in the CRT Final Rule
Definition of CRT Exporter
CRT exporter is defined in 40 CFR 260.10 and means any person in the United States who initiates a transaction to send used CRTs outside the United States or its territories for recycling or reuse, or any intermediary in the United States arranging for such export.
Used CRTs (Broken or 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). These requirements include:
- Notify EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) of an intended shipment 60 days before the shipment. Notification may cover exports extending over a 12-month or lesser period. Notification must include contact information about the exporter and recycler(s), and any alternate recyclers. 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 consent is received.
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.
CRT exporters must file with EPA no later than March 1 of each year, an annual report summarizing the quantities (in kilograms), frequency of shipment, and ultimate destination(s) (i.e., the facility or facilities where the recycling occurs) of all used CRTs exported during the previous calendar year.
Annual reports must be submitted to OECA. Exporters must keep copies of each annual report for a period of at least three years from the due date of the report.
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
- Used CRTs exported for reuse must comply with requirements that are specified in detail in 40 CFR 261.41. These requirements include:
Notify EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) of export activities. Notification may cover exports extending over a 12-month or lesser period. Notification must include contact information about the exporter and ultimate destination facility or facilities where the used, intact CRTs will be reused, refurbished, distributed, or sold for reuse, as well as the name of any alternate destination facility or facilities. It must also include a description of the manner in which the CRTs will be reused, frequency and rate of export, means of transport, total quantity of CRTs, and information about transit countries.
Keep copies of normal business records, such as contracts, demonstrating that each shipment of exported used, intact CRTs will be reused. This documentation must be retained for a period of at least three years from the date the CRTs were exported. If the documents are written in a language other than English, CRT exporters of used, intact CRTs sent for reuse must provide both the original, non-English version of the normal business records as well as a third-party translation of the normal business records into English within 30 days upon request by EPA.
- 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.