A small component of electronic waste, a CRT (cathode ray tube) has become a major contributor in our hazardous waste disaster on every level, from local to international. These are the glass tubes in your televisions, computer monitors, or any other video display intended to focus and amplify high-energy beams to show us the millions of images we see on the screens. As a way to keep consumers free from radiation risk, CRT glass contains lead. Each CRT will contain about 20 percent lead, which can equate to four to eight pounds in every unit.
Lead, as we know, is a highly toxic metal, causing dangerous safety and health risks to the population. Exposure to animals or humans can result in a damaged blood system, central nervous system, and has been proven to deter a child’s brain development. Because of these serious issues, properly disposing of CRTs has become a prominent concern among environmentalists, legislators and the public.