Colorado electronic recycling company closes down and abandons tons of hazardous CRT glass
E-recycling company dumps tons of CRT glass
Last Updated: 102 days ago
DENVER - A company paid to recycle hazardous electronics waste abandoned 750 tons of the stuff, leaving someone else to clean up the mess.
Gary DeWitt is in the business of renting trailers, but now he's stuck with lots of glass -- so much the tires on the trailers that carried it have blown.
The trailers are filled from front to back with glass -- bags of glass -- each weighing at least 2,500 pounds.
"Fourteen of these full of leaded glass in each trailer," said DeWitt.
He rented 25 trailers to Luminous Electronic Recycling. They were overloaded and then abandoned.
It could be some of the same glass that Henry Renteria-Vigil paid Luminous Recycling to process from old televisions.
He paid the company more than $4,000 to recycle 34,000 pounds of glass.
Now it's sharp, dangerous, hazardous waste.
"It was dumped. It was done very maliciously and intentionally," said Renteria-Vigil.
7NEWS tracked Luminous Recycling to two addresses -- warehouses with tens of thousands of square feet of storage. One of them is for lease and the other is locked up, telephones disconnected and no trace of the owner registered with the State of Colorado.
"We're in the business of empty trailers. Right now unfortunately we have a lot of them," said DeWitt.
He said Luminous Recycling started renting, loading, and hauling trailers full of glass in June, just before a new law went into effect that makes dumping the glass in landfills illegal.
Renteria-Vigil said the feds will have to be notified.
"The EPA definitely should be notified and me as a certified recycling coordinator for R2, I actually have the responsibility now of reporting this to the proper authorities," said Renteria-Vigil.
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