PEORIA, Ill. -- One of the largest recycling companies in the world is joining with the Peoria Disposal Company to more efficiently process cathode ray tubes.
PDC representatives said millions of the tubes, which can come from televisions and computer monitors, have been abandoned here and across the nation.
Now, the recycling company Kuusakoski is hoping to process them in Peoria and reuse the treated glass as alternative landfill cover.
The two companies have the equipment to process 50,000 tons each year.
They said their new processing method, Klean-Kover Recycling Solution, will cost 40 percent less than conventional methods.
"It's an improvement for the environment as far as the air. We are treating the CRT waste," said PDC Vice President Chris Coulter. "Rendering it not hazardous, we're reducing the mobility of the lead. It is important for the future of our groundwater and our landfills."
PDC said it hopes to eliminate all CRT devices within 15 years.
The new Kuusakoski facility off of Townline Road in Peoria is expected to be operational by November 1.
Early next year, they will begin accepting electronic waste from Peoria County residents at no charge.