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UK firm planning to set up recycling operation in NY

Keywords: Tags  lead recycler, electronic scrap, NuLife Glass NY Inc, cathode ray tube, CRT, Laurence Wood, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A cathode ray tube (CRT) recycler in Manchester, England, plans to open a New York facility and sell the lead it recovers into the local market.

NuLife Glass NY Inc. has started work at a 23-acre site in Sheridan, a small town in western New York, which it selected for the state’s competitive energy costs.

The company will buy CRTs, which will be crushed and melted in a furnace that separates the glass and lead, and the lead will be converted into ingots for resale. "It will be a clean commodity-grade lead and whoever is paying the best will get it," Laurence Wood, technical director of NuLife in Manchester, told AMM.

A furnace in storage that is owned by the company will be shipped from the United Kingdom to the plant within the next nine months. The company expects to hire 25 people initially, but this number could swell if conditions warrant the installation of a second furnace.

NuLife was issued a Solid Waste Management permit from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in January. It is now working to receive a Title V Air permit.

Renovations and site work will be done during the permit process. "The building has been empty for four years and has been vandalized, so there is a lot of refurbishment to do," Wood said.

Favorable energy costs sealed the decision to select the site, Wood said. "The furnace we use is electrically heated and uses a significant amount of power. The New York Power Authority gave us a fantastic deal on discounted hydropower."

New York is required to recycle electronic waste under the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act.

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