End-of-life cathode ray tubes: a life cycle assessment for Australia

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Parsons, David. 2007. "End-of-life cathode ray tubes: a life cycle assessment for Australia." The Environmental Engineer. 8 (4), pp. 7-13.
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End-of-life cathode ray tubes: a life cycle assessment for Australia

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AuthorParsons, David
Journal TitleThe Environmental Engineer
Journal Citation8 (4), pp. 7-13
Number of Pages7
Year2007
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
Web Address (URL)http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/learned-groups/technical-societies/society-for-sustainability-and-environmental-engineering-ssee/society-for-sustainability-and-environmental-engineering-ssee.cfm
Abstract

Consumer items such as television receivers and personal computer monitors have for many years been based on cathode ray tubes (CRTs). These CRTs are predominantly made of glass, part of which, the side or funnel part, incorporates lead which has the potential to create environmental hazards such as impacts on human health when disposed on in landfill. This study evaluates the environmental impact using life cycle assessment techniques for a range of possible disposal options in Australia, including landfill, use as a flux in lead smelters and shipping overseas for recycling as leaded glass. It concludes that all other disposal options are preferable to landfill although not always by a large margin and all other methods of disposal are approximately equal in their environmental benefit compared to landfill.

Keywordscathode ray tubes; television receivers; computer monitors; lead; landfill; glass recycling; lead smelter; environmental impact; hazardous waste
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410402. Environmental assessment and monitoring
401199. Environmental engineering not elsewhere classified
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