The aim of the Glass Plus project
is to evaluate and above all develop an innovative solution for
recycling Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) glass that is both environmentally
friendly and economically viable.
The project was set up after the
results of a European study showed that the CRT television market
is declining and being superseded by the boom in LCD and plasma TVs
with the disposal of CRT TVs expected to reach its peak in
The main problem when scrapping
regards the glass that accounts for around half the volume of an
entire television set.
Glass Plus seeks
to provide a practical solution to the difficulty of using glass
obtained from the treatment of cathode ray tube TVs and has set
itself the following objectives:
- To find an effective solution for
recycling CRT glass within the European community that guarantees a
market in continual growth capable of handling large amounts of CRT
glass, creating value for the WEEE recycling industry and avoiding
- To guarantee the recovery and
recycling targets specified by the European Directive, transposed
into Italian law by Legislative Decree 151/05.
- To develop a new market of ceramic
tiles produced using post-consumer material (CRT glass obtained
from the treatment of old TVs and monitors) conforming with
standards specified by the USA's highly popular LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system.
- To maximise the recycle rate for
cathode ray tube TVs, thus reducing the carbon footprint, energy
consumption and release into the atmosphere of hazardous
- To develop unique, innovative
cooperation between 2 European industrial sectors, ceramics and