Emergency Regulations: CRT and CRT Glass Disposition Options

DTSC Reference Number: R-2014-07
OAL Reference Number: 2014-0905-03 EE

OAL Approval Date: 09/15/14
Secretary of State Filing Date: 09/15/14
Effective Date: 09/15/14
Expiration Date: 09/15/16


The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) filed the following re-adoption of emergency regulatory action with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on September 5, 2014:

FINAL Text of Re-adopted Emergency Regulation

The proposed emergency re-adoption was approved and filed with the Secretary of State on September 15, 2014.

DTSC is proposing to re-adopt emergency regulations which expand the existing options for the disposition of CRTs and CRT glass currently regulated under universal waste regulations.  The following documents were mailed out to interested parties and stakeholders on August 28, 2014:

Emergency Regulation (CRT/CRT Glass) Re-adoption notice (Mailed out August 28, 2014)

Finding of Emergency (August 28, 2014)

Proposed Text (August 28, 2014)

Final Text of Emergency Regulation

DTSC filed the following proposed emergency regulatory action with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on October 3, 2012:

Notice Statement, September 24, 2012

Finding of Emergency, September 24, 2012

Proposed Text, September 24, 2012

Draft CEQA Notice of Exemption, September 24, 2012

Existing California regulations (California Code of Regulations, title 22, chapter 23 Standards for Universal Waste Management) authorize universal waste handlers to dismantle and process (“treat”) discarded electronic products for the purpose of recycling under relaxed standards. As a condition of this authorization, a handler must ensure that all cathode ray tube (CRT) glass resulting from authorized treatment of CRTs is reclaimed either at a “CRT glass manufacturer or at a primary or secondary lead smelter.” No other types of recycling or disposal are currently available to universal waste handlers who process CRTs in California. At the time these regulations were adopted, CRT manufacturing was the option with the highest capacity to utilize CRT glass. As the demand for CRT devices has greatly decreased with the advancements of other types of video display technologies, so has the demand by manufacturers for the glass from old picture tubes.

These proposed regulations expand the options for the disposition of CRT glass generated by Universal Waste handlers by allowing:

  • Other recycling options besides CRT glass manufacturing or primary or secondary lead smelting, consistent with California’s existing hazardous waste recycling laws
  • Disposal of lead-containing CRT glass (e.g., funnel glass) or intact CRTs as fully-regulated hazardous waste at a hazardous waste facility (i.e., only at a Class 1 Landfill) if specified management standards are met
  • Disposal of non-RCRA CRT glass (e.g., barium-containing panel glass) as solid waste in a Class II or Class III land fill, provided the glass is managed in accordance with specified conditions prior to disposal

Expanded Options for Universal Waste CRT and CRT Glass - Proposed Emergency Regulation 11/15/2011

Presentation: Incentives to Recycle CRT Glass in the Proposed Regulations

Presentation: Disposition Options for CRTs and CRT Glass - Part Two

Summary of Responses CRT and CRT Glass Disposal Workshop 9/26/2011

VIDEO - Workshop Sept. 26, 2011

Workshop Notice - Sept. 26, 2011

Workshop Agenda - Sept. 26, 2011

Disposal Options for Universal Waste CRT and CRT Glass - Proposed Emergency Regulation 9/26/2011

Proposed CRT Glass Flow Chart

Proposed Regulatory Concepts for the Disposition of CRTs and CRT Glass

Presentation: CRTs and CRT Glass - History and Background

Presentation: Disposition Options for CRTs and CRT Glass

Presentation: CalRecycle Opening Remarks

Presentation: CalRecycle CEW Rule Change Discussion