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WEEE recycler SWEEEP Kuusaksoki has installed the ‘world’s first’ glass furnace capable of recovering pure glass and lead from leaded cathode ray tube glass at its facility in Sittingbourne, Kent

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Leaded Glass Furnace Operational in UK
WEEE recycler SWEEEP Kuusaksoki has installed the ‘world’s first’ glass furnace capable of recovering pure glass and lead from leaded cathode ray tube (CRT) glass at its facility in Sittingbourne, Kent. The furnace, which has been installed at a cost of 2 million GBP, has been developed by Manchester-based CRT recycling specialists Nulife Glass, and is capable of processing around 10 tonnes of television glass per day. Crushed leaded television glass is fed into the furnace and heated to over 1000 degrees centigrade, where a chemical compound is added which causes the lead to sink, and the glass rises to the top of the mix. Extracted lead can then be sold on for manufacturing, with the company looking at a number of outlets for the pure glass product.

Leaded CRT screens are composed of around 20% lead, with the average set containing around 1kg of the material. Installation of the furnace began in July, with the first glass going in earlier this month. Justin Greenaway, contracts manager for SWEEEP Kuusakoski, said: “Nulife glass invented the process to extract 1kg of lead from each waste TV recycled and the first industrial application of this technology is now fully operational.” The furnace is thought to be the first of its kind to produce pure lead from CRTs “Waste TV glass is a global issue and the UK recycling industry is at the forefront of providing the solution. The drive for greater resource security is an opportunity for sustainable economic growth and it is p...

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