"I have to say something."
We have a really, really immature CRT glass recycling industry. With a couple of exceptions like Dave Dlubak, who knows how to keep quiet after 3 generations of managing scrap glass, we have a lot of people who think that negative campaigning against each other is the way to put themselves ahead.
"There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh, and this is not one of them."
Our "e-waste" recycling industry, in general, has made a mess out of "investigations" and "diligence" (or dis-lingence) of cullet end markets. Having put the word "waste" in the title of our commodity, we were off to a bad start. And it got worse.
We had a very, very low bar to meet, environmentally. Provide leaded silicate in a way which is safer than virgin lead mining. 100 years of environmental science were behind the "hierarchy" of reuse, recycling and mining-for-disposal. Stand at a mine like OK Tedi in Papua New Guinea, where cyanide tailings rush out of the rainforest, killing all the coral reefs. Stand at a lead mine in Peru, or Kabwe Zambia (the most toxic place on earth). All we had to do was take lead and silica which has already been mined, already been refined, and deliver it to replace the virgin raw material. The worst recycling beats the best mining.
But greed for competitive advantages between recyclers has gotten in the way, and "inspection costs" are now perceived by the buyers to outweigh the financial and environmental advantages of CRT glass recycling.
2005: I worked very, very hard in 2005 to open up the Samsung, Klang, Malaysia CRT furnace to secondary cullet. That means recycled CRT glass. We worked with one of the largest CRT contract assembly companies on the planet, who purchased $200M in new CRT tubes from Samsung Klang in 2003, to use their purchasing influence to open the door.
2008: Someone in the USA, I won't say who, but in our industry, was upset that Samsung was taking "unwashed glass". The Recycler had put in an investment to wash the phosphor. So they told a certain NGO in Washington to contact the Malaysia EPA about Samsung taking in unwashed glass to recycle it.
"Could you give us a statement please?"
"Yes. 'Chocolate makes one very thirsty.'"