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

Parsons, David (2007) End-of-life cathode ray tubes: a life cycle assessment for Australia. The Environmental Engineer, 8 (4). pp. 7-13. ISSN 1447-9435

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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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version supplied by and deposited with permission of publisher.
Depositing User: Mr David Parsons
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2008 04:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: cathode ray tubes; television receivers; computer monitors; lead; landfill; glass recycling; lead smelter; environmental impact; hazardous waste
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090799 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8998 Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services > 899802 Management of Solid Waste from Information and Communication Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3629

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