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Posted: 30 March 2017



Credits: Screen Goddess I,. By Keith Brocklehurst, Photo: Simon Bruntnell

It perhaps comes as no surprise but certainly with disappointment that we receive the recent news announced by the PADEP denying Nulife Glass a Variance for storage of its stocks of CRT glass and the pursuant Order regarding our valuable feedstock located in Pennsylvania. Nulife will endeavor to fully comply and manage the strategic implications and timelines of the order, whilst intending to challenge the action by appealing to the Environmental Hearing Board.

In reference to the recent blog issued by the PADEP (see link 1), Nulife would like to offer comment and clarity to some of the points raised.

Nulife takes every precaution at every level to handle CRT glass in a correct and safe manner, has a feasible recycling solution for CRT glass and believes that it has operated within the boundaries of environmental regulation and compliance.


Nulife has invested 20 years of R&D and millions of dollars to develop a unique technology that specifically and solely addresses the leaded glass fraction of CRT funnel glass and looks forward to a continued business to deliver this service to customers seeking a domestic solution to the escalating CRT glass problem.

Nulife remains transparent (excuse the pun) with its activities and understands to be compliant with the CRT rule. On the long journey through this complicated regulatory landscape Nulife over the years has consulted with industry leaders instrumental to contributing to the CRT rule; environmental bodies; environmental lawyers and authors of the rule itself.

Nulife's processed and used CRTs are separated and stored appropriately and with regard to the composition and weight of a processed CRT (typical 27 inch tube) panel glass represents approximately 60% of the weight of the CRT and funnel glass 30% of total weight. The funnel is a leaded glass containing approximately 20% lead oxide.

The lead oxide in the rear funnel of the tube at the time of TV manufacturing was used to protect and shield human health. Now that these types of older-style televisions are no longer in use, the unintended legacy of this material poses a potential threat to environment and human health if it is not handled correctly.

Nulife ensures that its recycled glass (an inert material by nature) is stored and contained in either Gaylords or super sacks in a dry environment and thus poses no threat and exhibits no toxic characteristics. These characteristics only manifest themselves when the glass is not stored correctly or exposed to the elements for long periods of time.

Nulife has spent many years focusing on a positive solution to deal with this material and has the only worldwide CRT glass lead oxide removal technology and know-how to extract metallic lead from CRT glass, restoring the lead oxide to metallic lead with myriad beneficial uses, not least battery manufacture for energy storage.

By storing glass safely and in a dry environment the lead remains a valuable resource that is contained in the glass matrix until such time it can be extracted.

Nulife earlier in the year due to regulatory conditions specific to New York made a business decision to downsize its operations in New York and look to move its lead-smelting furnace to its Bristol, Virginia facility.

The existing site in Dunkirk will continue to be used to dismantle CRTS and service existing customers.

Finally, to all our Customers, Industry supporters and Advocates of what we do, Nulife wishes to thank all those who wrote letters of support each containing valuable comments, valid points of view and reasoning to be considered by PADEP whilst the variance was being determined. This collective effort is commendable and reflects the positive spirit of the industry.

1. DEP Orders Nulife Glass To Remove 17 Million Pounds Of Cathode Ray Tubes It Has Not Recycled.

Posted: 27 March 2017


Last Thursday the second 30 ton bulk trailer load of our recycled panel glass aggregate left the Dunkirk facility to go to a local NY manufacturer. More to be collected over the coming weeks.

Panel Glass on the Move

Good to have found a local home for our product.

Posted: 21 March 2017



The force of nature prevailed and regrettably we did not make it to the conference!

Posted: 13 March 2017

Weather Permitting!


Nulife will be attending the North East Recycling Council (NERC) Spring Conference on March 15-16 at The Sheraton Burlington Hotel, Burlington, Vermont.

NERC's events are designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn, share ideas, discuss the issues, and network with others. The events are focused on the most timely topics in the source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and green purchasing industry sectors.

For more information please visit:

To all our customers, suppliers, industry supporters and followers, best wishes for a healthy, successful and prosperous 2017.

Over the next year will endeavour to keep you posted on our latest news, activities, R&D, product developments and challenges.


Posted: 9 January 2017


New Years Greetings from our team in NY and VA

To all our customers, suppliers, industry supporters and followers, best wishes for a healthy, successful and prosperous 2017.

Over the next year will endeavour to keep you posted on our latest news, activities, R&D, product developments and challenges.

Posted: 12 December 2016


No rest for our engineering, electrical and maintenance team both sides of the Atlantic; as they have spent the last few months replacing the computer controlled software to the furnace glass batch charger; that is the automated equipment that charges our furnace with glass; as the original equipment from the UK was damaged during shipping. This equipment is used to control the X and Y axis of the batch charger allowing motion in and out of the furnace and also controls the batch feed rates.

Batch charger in situ

Batch charger in situ

Our electrical engineer has designed a program to enable this equipment to operate both automatically and manually. Extensive testing was carried to ensure all limit switches and potentiometers work and the software that monitors the charger tracking.

Once the team were satisfied that everything was functioning, they dismantled the charger and lifted onto the furnace platform. The position and alignment of the base framework required further fine tuning to allow smooth operation of the charger in both X and Y axis, as did the final set up of the limit switches.

On going batch trials are being carried out to calculate the right amount of glass sand is delivered to the furnace within the designated time period of the chargers operation.

Good team work but as first noted no rest yet!

Posted: 9 December 2016


Blog silence in this instance is indicative of the hive of activity that has been going on at Nulife NY and VA.

First snow in Dunkirk and super sacks of panel glass product

View of first snow in Dunkirk and super sacks of panel glass product ready for collection

Team Nulife has been growing as we welcome our 3rd shift to the Dunkirk facility. All three of our shifts are working diligently round the clock to service the CRT material we receive weekly and have done an excellent job of re-organising the facility floor to ensure that operations run smoothly. Material handling and flow is a constant work in progress; best practices and logistics need to constantly be reevaluated with some creative thinking.

Over the last few months some of our team members joined the Virginia facility team to collectively set up a new CRT dismantling and breaking room. Providing valuable training and first hand experience of safe best practice. We are delighted with the progress and flow rates at at this early stage.


We are very excited to have a new customer for our panel glass, and with the sale of all our panel glass inventory to date, we are working closely with them to provide product to their exact specification. Team Nulife refurbished and assembled existing equipment to run initial trials to create the glass specification required. With the success of the trials, they have subsequently engineered and configured a production line of conveyors, sieves and a jaw crusher to run the panel glass through to final product.

A small side story... It is pleasing to know that even in our modern times that the medieval practice to barter, where you exchange goods for other goods without using money still exists! Recently Nulife bartered a hammer mill for a jaw crusher with one of our recycling customer.

Our hammer mill wrapped like Christo sculpture ready for shipping

Our hammer mill wrapped like Christo sculpture ready for shipping

Fabrication of new chute to attach to the jaw crusher

Fabrication of new chute to attach to the jaw crusher

POSTED: 15 November 2016

Event: Recruiting in Virginia

Nulife Glass will be attending a Manufacturing Career Fair, Thursday November 17, 2016 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia.

The career fair will begin at 9am and will end at 12 pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact: People Incorporated of Virginia, Phone: (276) 619-2255

Posted: 10 November 2016


'Waste is what is left behind when our imagination fails'... Professor Christian Ekberg ...talking at the annual Circular Materials Conference, Sweden

This struck a cord when reading an article recently in Recycling International, August 2016 issue.

Read article...


Nulife Glass' presentation amidst others presenting at the International Lead and Zinc Study Group is now available to view at:

POSTED: 20 October 2016


Well almost... driving into to work this morning, we were stopped in our tracks by the view of this illegally dumped CRT TV...


...200 yards from our New York CRT Recycling Facility...


POSTED: 20 October 2016



Penn-Northwest Development Corporation hosted their 2016 Annual Meeting yesterday at the Avalon Golf & Country Club, Hermitage, PA. Simon Greer CEO and Founder was presented with an Economic Impact Award, In Honor of Nulife Investment and Creation of Jobs in Mercer County and a Citation from The House of Representatives from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, sponsored by Representatives Mark Longietti, Tedd C. Nesbit and Parke Wentling on October 13, 2016.

Nulife was also featured in Penn Northwest's Annual Financial Report for 2015/2016 under New Industry Spotlight, for initial capital investment and working with the development agency since early 2015 to establish a processing facility in Mercer County with its own furnace, bringing further capital investment and the creation of approximately 20 jobs.


61st Session, 26 - 28 October 2016, Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal


For the first time Nulife Glass CEO and Founder Simon Greer has been invited by the International Lead and Zinc Study Group to present the 'Recycling of CRT Glass'. Simon will discuss the recovery of the significant quantity of lead contained in the glass in the cathode ray tubes used in old-style televisions and computer screens and the challenges that this entails. The presentation will focus on the process developed by Nulife Glass to facilitate the recycling of lead contained in this material.

For further information please visit:

POSTED: 10 October 2016



SEPTEMBER - What a great town to host a conference! Preparing for E-Scrap before a long road trip south to New Orleans involved last minute editing to our time-lapse footage of the furnace build and final polishing of the concrete plinths that included an 85% blend of Nulife panel glass aggregates.

Nu Orleans

Nulife Team E-Scrap Booth New Orleans

Setting up the booth went smoothly and in good time for the opening. The show was an excellent opportunity to meet with our clients and discuss future plans with prospective clients. Our display of a bare CRT tube and Nulife lead ingot on cast concrete plinths, allowed us to demonstrate what our lead recovery process involves and present in physical form the actual % of lead that is contained in a CRT tube. Conference attendees were also able to view the film of our furnace build and operations.

Thank you to everyone who took time to visit us.


JULY - Our team visited a local NY construction company who we are working with to trial concrete mixes that include our panel glass aggregates.

Local Collaboration Streets paved with glass

The streets are paved with recycled panel glass... not quite gold!


JULY - Our team visited a local construction company who we are working with to test the compressive strength of our panel glass aggregate for use in concrete.


Nulife supplied samples of the three recycled grades of panel glass aggregate we produce and the company prepared the concrete cylinders for testing. The cylinders remained in a lime water bath to cure. Testing was done at 7 and 28 days; compressive strength of cylinders for both periods was 3000 psi. Refining of the aggregate blend continues as we strive to improve the concrete strength.

Test Mark


JUNE - Metallic lead from our CRT recycling furnace was sold to a secondary lead smelter and the combined "average sample" result from the independent lab was 98.577%. The lead commodity sale price was determined on the noon London Metals Exchange (LME) rate of the day of pickup. With an average 20% lead content CRT glass is certainly a commodity with value.


Nulife Glass 2lb lead ingot from an average 33b weight CRT tube.

Posted: 15 August 2016


Refractory bricks from our first CRT recycling furnace take on a new life as they are up cycled and incorporated in the construction of local artisans' from Chautauqua Area Potters (CAP) new kilns at the Scott Creek Fire Place.This exciting arts initiative in the town of Sheridan, is the only community based wood firing facility in Western New York.

Back in June, the project leaders, Marvin Bjurlin and Ron Nasca visited our facility to see if the available refractory material we had could be re-purposed.

A lot of the Nulife bricks were used in the chimney and stack construction, other bricks enabled CAP to make all new kiln posts for the shelving when they load the kiln.

The Soda kiln's inaugural firing was on the 14th July and we had the pleasure of touring the newly built facility and share celebratory pizza cooked in the small bespoke wood fired kiln that added all the more to the convivial atmosphere of the studio.

Front view of larger front kiln & detail of chimney and stack that serves both kilns incorporating Nulife refractory bricks

Front view of larger front kiln & detail of chimney and stack that serves both kilns incorporating Nulife refractory bricks

View of Scott Creek Fire Place, 1079 Newell Road, Sheridan, NY

View of Scott Creek Fire Place, 1079 Newell Road, Sheridan, NY

Inaugural firing of the Soda Kiln & view of first fired pots

Inaugural firing of the Soda Kiln & view of first fired pots

Posted: 15 July 2016


Escrap 2016

Nulife team will be exhibiting at the E-Scrap Conference, September 20-22, 2016, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, Louisiana. Please visit us at our booth to find out more about our Dunkirk, New York and Bristol, Virginia CRT recycling facilities.

For more information visit:

POSTED: 5 July 2016


Niagra Falls 01

On a recent visit to Niagara Falls, Canada over the holiday weekend, perhaps not the best timing in view of the combination of Canada Day and Independence Day coinciding! Crowds aside, the sheer power and beauty of this natural wonder was overwhelming.

Also knowing that this mass of water produces clean low cost hydro-electricity that supplies our furnace, made the experience all the more connected.

Niagra Falls 02

To coin the New York Power Authority NYPA website phrase this 'liquid fuel' is diverted from the Niagara River and conveyed through conduits under the City of Niagara Falls to Lewiston, where the flowing water passes through plant turbines that power generators, converting mechanical energy into electrical energy.

Nulife Glass is proud to be one of the manufacturing companies that has been awarded the NYPA low cost power through its state authorised program; and privileged to be a user of a the natural, reliable power source of Niagara.

For more information:

POSTED: 1st June


Today the heat up engineers arrived on site and the gas burner was lit at 1pm this afternoon. Re-commissioning commences ahead of schedule due to our furnace team.

POSTED 26 May 2016


Tireless dedication and commitment from our team as a full scheduled work weekend is ahead. With refractory repairs completed, re-installing and reassembling of the electrodes, thermocouples and auxiliary equipment commences. Key testing, fault finding will be conducted by the team as well as our electrical engineer who will be overseeing checks on the software system that controls the furnace. Keeping to schedule, the commissioning heat up is due next week. After all this, Monday's holiday will be welcome.

POSTED: 24th May 2016


During our routine maintenance inspection the Nulife team, (that one could compare to a team of archaeologists) have been excavating and preparing the furnace for refurbishment.

The refractory specialists arrived on site first thing this Monday morning and are busy for the next three carrying out essential repairs to the glass melter. Whilst this is going on, the Nulife team can begin refitting the furnace insulators and bracing bars.

With any maintenance service there is a lot of preparation work required. Over the last month the team have been busy cleaning the baghouse air exhaust Hepa filter system; finalising any modifications to auxiliary equipment; electrical checks including thermocouples; draining and reinstalling the chiller radiator and fan for the water cooling system; cleaning and refurbishing the electrodes; inventory and re-ordering spares. The list of detail is endless.

POSTED: 26th April 2016


With the initial first quarter trials of running our CRT recycling furnace, recent laboratory results report lead purity of 99.87%. Many other tests for in put and out put material are in progress and essential for measuring furnace performance.


As well as collating data that indicates performance levels, our first planned furnace routine maintenance inspection is underway. With a controlled furnace power down and the glass melter drained, essential inspections for wear and tear and routine refurbishment are being undertaken.


The CRT process at our Bristol VA facility is underway and we are actively recruiting more employees and are seeking another sixteen positions now to meet demand.


Meanwhile Nulife team continue CRT dismantling and preparing panel glass aggregate for our concrete building blocks. Our team take advantage of the milder climate to produce the retaining wall blocks which are 85% glass and weigh 4,300lb for a customer order.

Nulife Glass Dunkirk Facility - recycled panel glass retaining wall blocks

Nulife Glass Dunkirk Facility - recycled panel glass retaining wall blocks

POSTED: 02 February 2016

21st Century Alchemy in NY

Long journey toward and long journey going forward. The Nulife team is delighted to report that metallic lead (Pb) is being extracted from CRT glass in our first U.S. CRT recycling furnace. There have been many significant moments but this has to be the one; after many years of planning to bring the technology to the U.S. recycling industry and demonstrate that lead is a valuable resource that can truly be extracted out of CRT glass. With all the anticipation, debate and discussion surrounding CRT glass, this significant moment can only strengthen the view that this material is certainly a commodity with inherent value and a future.

21st Century Alchemy in NY

First lead extracted from Dunkirk, NY CRT recycling furnace

POSTED: 13 January 2016


Dunkirk facility, New York not Antarctica!
Snow forecast for the whole week.
Furnace remains hot.

Snow forecast for the whole week Snow forecast for the whole week

POSTED: 7 January 2016


An exciting moment indeed for all the team as the first glass flows from the forehearth.

glass flows from the forehearth

To summarise the last few weeks following the gas start up it is worth noting that commissioning the furnace is a phased and lengthy process. During this period refractory is put through an expansion schedule; all the electrical systems are live tested and any potential glitches resolved; PLC control systems to operate the furnace are fine tuned. All these calibrated phases are required before a single pound of glass is loaded into the furnace.

As the gas burners remain on, the initial loading of panel glass into the furnace is done according to a planned glass batching schedule. Gradually as the volume of material is increased the electrodes are activated and the switch from gas to electricity occurs. The gas burner removed, the furnace operates solely on electricity.



At 3.00pm EST, Dunkirk NY had its own significant moment as the first U.S. Nulife Glass CRT recycling furnace began its heat up. The initial stages of the furnace commissioning is a very critical and exciting time. After many months of construction and project challenges the furnace is on.

Nulife Glass CRT recycling furnace began its heat up

The heat treating engineers arrived in the early hours to set up their gas monitoring equipment and lengthy gas pipes to connect the furnace to the propane supply. Meanwhile the Nulife team were doing final checks on the water flow system and prepare the heat up and expansion schedule. The process is methodical and takes place hourly during the heat and furnace expansion. The bracing bolts are checked for movement and slight adjustments are made by hand or using a torque wrench to control the bolt tension.

Bracing Bolts Are Checked for Movement The Buffalo mascot that was gifted to us, as well as our customary protective talisma

Following custom, for our Western New York furnace it seemed fitting to have the Buffalo mascot that was gifted to us, as well as our customary protective talisman.



Transformer cables

Quantum leaps have been made over the last few days as things prepare to hot up at the Nulife facility in Dunkirk. The Nulife team are making final checks on the water flows for the cooling system as well as final testing on the electrical control wiring. All systems are go as the propane gas was delivered today in preparation for the furnace commissioning process. The engineers will begin the furnace heat up tomorrow. Exciting times indeed as the long awaited Nulife first USA based CRT recycling plant is commissioned.

Transformer cables Transformer cables



The electrical team continue diligently to install the essential cables and wiring for the furnace.

The control panel for the thermocouples arrived from the UK end of last week and is currently being installed and wired up. Whilst our software team in the UK continue work on all the programming required to operate the furnace.

Meanwhile ancillary equipment for preparing and handling the glass cullet is in the final stages of production. Some equipment was delivered yesterday and the Nulife team are assembling and running trials.

Transformer cables

Transformer cables

POSTED: 4th December 2015

Electrical install is progressing well, with the interconnections from the melter switch gear and primary transformers scheduled for completion today.

Interconnections From the Melter Switch Gear and Primary Transformers

POSTED: 25th November 2015

The long awaited melter thyristor cabinets arrived at the facility last week and so the complex electrical install continues...

Our Nulife team meanwhile are wiring up the electrode thermocouples and assisting with the install of the electrical conduit from the secondary transformer to the the main switch gear.

The long awaited melter thyristor cabinets arrived at the facility

POSTED: 17th November 2015


With the recent flurry of CRT industry press and certification downstream approval being challenged it would be all too easy to be distracted and consumed by opinion that requires a lengthy, considered and thought out response.

So with this in mind, our work focus is fully on the completion and commissioning of our CRT recycling furnace. The progress may outwardly appear to be slowing up as the blogs are less frequent but our team tirelessly push on making daily adjustments and correcting discrepancies that naturally occur when working from plan to reality. Thermocouples that provide furnace temperature readings are being fitted with respective wiring completed this week; the muffle elements and connectors that provide heat to the forehearths have also been fitted.

Our Work Focus Is Fully on the Completion and Commissioning of Our CRT Recycling Furnace

Muffle elements protruding from forehearth

POSTED: Armistice - Veterans Day


The long awaited main transformer arrived yesterday; this is a critical component for the electrical system. Meanwhile many other tasks have been accomplished: hanging the charger door; mounting the glass charger onto the furnace platform; assembling the security cages for all the transformers and finally all the melter electrodes are installed. These took some careful planning and skilful handling; no photos to show as the build progresses pictorial reporting becomes sensitive. What remains is lot of wiring and connecting to to bring it all live.

Assembling the Security Cages for All the Transformers and Finally All the Melter Electrodes Are Installed Assembling the Security Cages for All the Transformers and Finally All the Melter Electrodes Are Installed



After several industrious, noisy productive weeks, the plant seems eerily quiet today. The furnace crown was completed last Thursday and Friday morning after finalising the last details our refractory contractors packed up their tricks and headed home for Halloween. Our treat is to see a job well done and the furnace built.

With the water cooling system in place, this leaves the main power and electrical systems and mechanical auxiliary equipment to be installed.

The furnace crown was completed last Thursday and Friday morning after finalising the last details


Contractors continue the conduit install for the primary power cables, that when connected to the furnace will draw hydro electric power produced by Niagara Power Project. Nulife's Dunkirk facility was awarded the allocation in 2013 and the final contract for the allocation from NYPA was recently signed.

Meticulous work to finalise the melter refractory was completed today, and so the crown build commences. The furnace is shaping up. Meanwhile the Nulife team trial the water system for leaks and continue essential auxiliary equipment install.

Contractors continue the conduit install for the primary power cables Contractors continue the conduit install for the primary power cables Meticulous work to finalise the melter refractory



As the furnace build progresses so our updates need to be mindful of the years of research, trials and design - understandably. This does not however diminish the report of the daily undertakings.
The main melter refractory install and forehearths are complete and the insulation brick laying is underway. The electrical contractors continue bringing primary power cables to the transformers and auxiliary material handling equipment is designed and being manufactured.

The Furnace Build Progresses The Furnace Build Progresses Glass forehearth

Glass forehearth

Insulation brick

Insulation brick



Essential plumbing takes place underneath the furnace keeping the upper platform clear; whilst our team continue with install of the electrical trays in preparation for the main power cables that will connect to the furnace. Our refractory contractors continue with the meticulous detail required prior to completing the forehearth and refractory install. Very productive week.

Our Team Continue With Install of the Electrical Trays Our Team Continue With Install of the Electrical Trays Our Team Continue With Install of the Electrical Trays



Contractors Have Been Skilfully Installing

Three days of silence is not indicative of lack of activity, In fact quite the opposite. Long days for our refractory contractors who have been skilfully installing the insulation brick, back up refractory and furnace blocks. This type of work requires precision, patience and focus to achieve a perfect fit. Work continues on the water system with the drilled ring main in position reminiscent of a very long flute; our team fit all the valves and taps .

Installing the Insulation Brick Work continues on the water system


Still catching up with last week - the refractory sub-layer was poured and levelled and allowed to cure over the weekend. Work resumes today with the install of the forehearth and riser insulation bricks.

The Nulife team continue mapping out the water cooling system with the tundish return pipework all fitted and tested for leaks and cable tray assembly in progress.

Refractory Sub-Layer Was Poured and Levelled Work resumes today Forehearth and Riser Insulation Cable Tray Assembly in Progress


Summarising last week's exciting progress: the remaining furnace support columns were bolted down and painted in Nulife green. All the sillimanite blocks were checked on site, whilst the furnace refractory inspection took place off site in PA.

Our refractory contractors arrived to set up their equipment and cast the furnace foundations. Whilst electrical contractors began installing the main power cables from the transformer through to the switchgear.

Silliminate blocks Refractory inspection Silliminate blocks Casting Casting



Our furnace specialist has returned to the facility to ensure the build is on schedule for the imminent refractory installation. Main stairs were fitted yesterday and the furnace enclosure measured up and marked out. First set of water cooling jackets that arrived from the UK and the electrodes were inspected and assembled; water pump station was also finished and now needs connecting to the tank and ring main.

Build Is on Schedule for the Imminent Refractory Installation Build Is on Schedule for the Imminent Refractory Installation Build Is on Schedule for the Imminent Refractory Installation



Work on the water cooling system required for the furnace electrodes has started; yesterday the ring main was completed, trial fitted and in position. The main valve locations have also been marked up and work on the pump station is in progress. Platforms are finished with all welding and fabrication completed of the new sections. The charger platform handrails and top sections of the furnace painted.

Water Cooling System Required for the Furnace Electrodes Water Cooling System Required for the Furnace Electrodes Water Cooling System Required for the Furnace Electrodes Water Cooling System Required for the Furnace Electrodes



Nulife team erect the last of the lower platforms albeit not as straight forward as hoped, a lot of cutting and fabricating was required for it all to fit! This however allowed for a substantial amount of the remaining floor plates to be fitted. More furnace components arrived on site, as well as a visit from our refractory suppliers who spent some time finalising details on site.

Small glitches occur, like the supplier who is no longer able to supply what you require or fabricated components don't actually fit; finding the solutions and overcoming the hurdles all part of a good day.

Lower platform extended Lower platform extended

Lower platform extended



Deliveries of the various furnace components are shipping in from near and far, including the lead chutes, remaining electrode extensions and refractory material. Our team continue piecing together the last platform sections and complete painting the top section of the furnace. Behind the scenes, installation of ancillary equipment is underway with the water feed system to the furnace, as well as design and planning for scraper conveyors, hoists and electrical layouts.

Various Furnace Components Are Shipping in From Near and Far Various Furnace Components Are Shipping in From Near and Far Various Furnace Components Are Shipping in From Near and Far Various Furnace Components Are Shipping in From Near and Far



Nulife team have been busy cutting and welding chequer plate to create the furnace charger platform. Handrails have been installed as well the steel work receiving a coat of heat resistant paint.

Handrails have been installed as well the steel work receiving a coat of heat resistant paint Handrails have been installed as well the steel work receiving a coat of heat resistant paint



First delivery of our bespoke refractories arrived yesterday from our U.S. supplier; including the sillaminate blocks, andalusite bricks and the crown block work.

Sillaminate Blocks, Andalusite Bricks and the Crown Block Work Sillaminate Blocks, Andalusite Bricks and the Crown Block Work

POSTED: 8th September 2015

This latest post is coming to you directly from our Dunkirk facility after returning from the E-Scrap Conference in Orlando, Florida. The trade show was an opportunity for us to update our clients and the recycling industry first hand on our furnace build progress; for those who didn't attend the conference apologies for our blogging absence.

Latest report from our UK supplier, the electrode water-cooling jackets are fabricated and ready to be shipped.

Electrode Water-Cooling Jackets

Posted: 30th August 2015


Our steel contractors have completed their part of the installation project, with the last modified platform pieces installed, now waiting for remaining new steels to be delivered.

Meanwhile the forehearth cases where the glass will flow from are suspended and the risers due to be installed shortly.

Setting the Stage Lecturn looking piece of steel will support the riser

Lecturn looking piece of steel will support the riser.

Suspended forehearth case

Suspended forehearth case.

Posted: 26th August 2015


Nulife team modify the platform steels and install first set of stairs to the charger platform. Furnace structure shaping up...

Hoisting the platform Hoisting the platform Hoisting the platform

Posted: 23rd August, 2015

Hoisting the platform

Hoisting the platform

Platform steels assembled

Platform steels assembled

Posted: 20th August, 2015


Yesterday the Nulife team installed the platform steel pieces and the last few sections are due to be fitted today. The electrical contractors have started installing conduits in preparation for bringing the main power supplies to the furnace equipment.

Electrical contractors installing conduits Electrical contractors installing conduits Electrical contractors installing conduits

Posted: 19th August, 2015


Painting of furnace column supports has started, treating the steel with heat resistant paint.

Painting of furnace column supports has started treating the steel with heat resistant paint

Posted: 14th August, 2015


Apologies for the seven-day silence... meanwhile our Nulife team have prepared and sorted all the steels for the furnace platform. They have shimmed up the columns so they now sitting firmly on the ground and not appearing to float in space; installed the two main platform columns so the top beams could be located and fixed.

Containment tank in place

Platform columns in situ

Containment tank in place

Platform steels going in

Containment tank in place

Hands on

Containment tank in place

Birds eye view

Containment tank in place

NU UPDATE: August 2015

Posted: 7th August, 2015


The steel crew finalise and secure furnace door lifting beams as well as roof and forehearth support beams. Our Nulife team continues the refurbishment of essential furnace components.

Horizontal roof beams installed

Horizontal roof beams installed

Horizontal roof beams installed


September 1-3, 2015, Orlando, Florida


Please visit us at our booth #206 to find out more about the first U.S. CRT recycling furnace currently being built at Nulife's site in Dunkirk, NY and our recently opened second U.S. facility in Bristol, VA.

For more information visit:

Posted: 6th August, 2015

Everyone very excited about the steel build progress. Monday the large containment tank was delivered and installed.

Containment tank in place

Containment tank in place

Posted: 4th August, 2015


Bracing steels bolted and welded in place

Bracing steels bolted and welded in place

Large vertical steels going up Large vertical steels going up Large vertical steels going up

Large vertical steels going up

Large vertical steels going up

NU UPDATE: July 2015

Posted: 30th July, 2015


In summary the first delivery of all new and modified steel work arrived on site.

First steel work delivery

First steel work delivery.

Initially progress was slow as the site floor had to be re-marked following last week's torrential flooding in Dunkirk; but the first columns are now up thanks to the dedicated crew who are erecting all steel work. Most of the base steels are fitted and modifications to buckstay and bracing steels have been completed.

Furnace base steel columns in situ

Furnace base steel columns in situ.

Electricians have now fully installed lighting and power to the furnace office and maintenance workshop; whilst our Nulife team is busy assisting with the furnace build and managing daily operations.

Steel monoliths our very own Stonehenge!

Steel monoliths our very own Stonehenge!

Challenging few days, but all the team keep pushing forward.


Posted: 28th July, 2015

More than a year in planning, design and modifications, Nulife's CRT glass recycling furnace is now taking shape and becoming a reality.

The glass de-leading furnace previously installed at Nulife's test site in Manchester, England, was shipped to Nulife's Dunkirk site last year, during this time various imported furnace components have been customized for U.S. compatibility.

Additional furnace parts are on order and in fabrication, including electrical components, refractories and other timeline critical components.

Our UK furnace technology specialists and designers recently returned from a business trip to the USA meeting with our specialist suppliers to ensure production is on track and finalising delivery schedules.

With existing steel furnace parts being re-engineered off site, contractors have been on site to mark out centrelines in preparation for the foundation furnace steel parts to be installed this coming week.

Whilst the new CRT recycling furnace build has been much anticipated a lot has been going on behind the scenes at our Dunkirk facility.

Plans to construct a new CRT negative air pressure dismantling room is in progress, as well as refurbishment of offices and employee facilities.

For the last month contractors along with Nulife employees have been digging and laying foundations for new access roads around the site.

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BRISTOL, Va. - A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday signaled the formal start of operations at Nulife Glass, but it will be some time before actual recycling can begin. The Manchester, England-based firm plans to construct a large electric furnace and recycle old cathode ray tube TVs and computer monitors inside the former Crowley Dairy property at the corner of Gate City Highway and Catherine Street. Nulife recently acquired the vacant, 12-acre site

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Where We Operate?

Nulife Glass Group head office, Manchester

Nulife Glass CRT recycling facility, NY

Nulife Glass CRT recycling facility, VA

Nulife Glass Recycling Group designs, builds and operates furnaces incorporating their novel and innovative recycling technology. Nulife Glass provides a complete sustainable recycling service for CRT glass.

Nulife Glass' CRT recycling furnace technology is capable of processing up to 10 tonnes of funnel glass per day, equivalent to the glass from approximately 60 tonnes of televisions.

This unique CRT recycling furnace extracts the toxic lead from the glass in a safe and environmentally sustainable way. The process creates no waste and avoids export of hazardous material around the globe.

Times Union

Old Tubes Weigh on Taxpayers

By Brian Nearing

...A growing torrent of obsolete TVs and computer screens that contain toxic leaded glass are dragging down the state's six-year-old e-waste recycling law. The problem stems from cathode ray tubes (CRT), which have no recycling value and must be discarded as hazardous waste.

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E-Scrap News

Q&A: Operator of CRT furnace has thoughts of expansion

By Bobby Elliott

As the e-scrap industry has struggled to efficiently handle CRT glass in recent years, many stakeholders have held out hope that technologies could be developed to cost-effectively remove lead from the material and pave the way more CRT recycling.

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Nulife has New York furnace up and running

By Bobby Elliot

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Nulife Glass offers update on furnace progress. Nulife Glass says testing is underway on its New York CRT glass recycling furnace...

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Videocon shuts down furnaces

The world's only remaining glass-to-glass recycling outlet for CRTs has idled its panel and funnel furnaces in Bharuch, India...
By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

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Public Opinion On Line, PA

Old TVs weighing on municipalities

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Buffalo News

Path to the TV graveyard gets more involved

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Resource Recycling

EPA seeks input on key e-scrap issues

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Resource Recycling

Sims closes operations in Canada... Skurnac, SRS' president, blames EPRA virtual monopoly

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E-Scrap News

Sims Recycling Solutions closes New Jersey facility

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The Hindu, New Delhi

CRT imports posing a major health, environmental hazard: Toxics Links

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E-Scrap News

Creative Recycling Systems shuts down Tampa site

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E-Scrap News Article By Bobby Elliott - It's Complicated

Between 2013 and 2022 an estimated 6.2 million tons of devices containing cathode ray tube (CRT) displays will find their way from our basements, closets and guest bedrooms into the U.S. e-scrap stream.

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Waste Management World

Leading the way to clean CRT recycling

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The Post Journal

Nulife For County Business

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Waste Management World

Nulife Opens CRT Leaded Glass Recycling Plant New York

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New York Times

Unwanted Electronic Gear Rising in Toxic Piles

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Recycling Today

SWEEEP Opens Lead Recovery Furnace

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BBC News Kent

Sittingbourne firm finds solution to recycling TVs...

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Resource Management & Recovery kind leaded glass furnace

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Nulife, SWEEEP partner on new CRT furnace

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UK glass furnace removes lead from CRT glass

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Display Search

2012 LCD TV Forecast Lowered to 216M Units...

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Buffalo Business First

Arubis Buffalo, FMC, Nulife Glass OK'd for low-cost power...

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Waste Management World

Ray of Light for CRT Recycling
Cathode Ray Tubes may have disappeared from our shops, but the number entering the waste stream is yet to peak in Europe...

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WEEE art installation marks digital switchover
...the exhibition, titled '1001 TV Sets', will help raise awareness of the need to recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)...

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Environmental Defence Fund

Electronics Industry, Green Group Team Up With Crowd-Sourcing Pioneer to Address Important E-Waste Recycling Challenge

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Resource Recycling

CRT processors hit proposed rule change

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Information Week

CES 2012: LCD TV Displays To Dominate
Industry data suggests that CRT-type televisions will be all but gone by next year...

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Resource Recycling

Guiyu lead contamination raises alarm

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Materials Recycling Weekly

Exclusive: World first in CRT glass recovery

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scrap-ex NEWS

SWEEEP buys the first CRT glass furnace from Nulife Glass

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Recycling International

CRT recycling innovation for SWEEEP Kuusakoski

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Display Search

India Flat Panel TV Shipment CAGR Forecasted at 39% Through 2015

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Basel Action Network

First Federal Criminal Charges Brought Against Recycler for Exporting Toxic e-Waste

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Basel Action Network

First Federal Criminal Charges Brought Against Recycler for Exporting Toxic e-Waste

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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

JAPAN: Dumped CRT TVs pile up as this weekend's digital switchover approaches

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2011 TV Market Outlook Reduced in Latest Forecast

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DISPLAY SEARCH TV market is increasingly defined by the replacement of CRT TVs with flat panel TVs...

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Glass Global

...Ancai Hi-tech To Invest 460M Yuan In PV Glass Project. Color tube facilities in its colored glass factory ceased production...

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Display Search

...Global CRT TV shipments continue to contract at a rate of about 30% Y/Y each quarter.

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Asahi Glass Company, Limited announced that it will discontinue cathode-ray tube(CRT) glass business

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The Times of India

CRT TVs soon to disappear

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LCD kills off CRT in Russia

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Press Information Bureau

Ban on Import of Second Hand Computers

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Europe breaking electronic waste export ban

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CRT-TV's Last Bastion Falling.
2010 to be the last year Indian consumers spend more on CRT-TVs than LCD-TVs

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EA secures prosecution over hazardous WEEE exports

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EE Herald

FPD TVs to completely replace CRT TVs by 2014

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Display Search

China FPD TV Market on Track to Surpass 50M by 2012

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Thomson Reuters

Global TV market technology: Decline of CRT market share versus plasma and LCD.

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Nulife Glass

Samsung to stop making CRT TVs sooner rather than later?

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Waste Management World

WEEE study in Germany shows need for action

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Display Search

CRT TV shipments will continue to fade from the market, falling by 36% in 2010

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Companies that Illegally Exported Electronic Waste to Hong Kong Agree to Pay Over $21,000 Penalty

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BBC News Channel

Hazardous conditions for India's e-waste workers

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The Independent

Man held after tonnes of illegal e-waste are exported to Africa

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Environment Agency to crackdown on e-waste dumping

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Display Search

LCD TV Outlook Improves; CRT Demand Plummets.

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China View

China's Skyworth to halt CRT TV sets production

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The Washington Post

Left in the Flat-Screen Dust Old-Model TVs Are So Toxic, You Can't Give 'Em Away. Literally.

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EU’s click of death for old family friends. AFTER more than 70 years as a fixture in Britain’s living rooms, the cathode ray television is to face the final fade-out, as part of the European Union’s battle against climate change...

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Glass to Glass recycling in terminal decline

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Sony: UK consumers hoard small electrical products instead of recycling them

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Large-scale raids on suspected illegal WEEE exports

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Samsung Exits CRT Monitor Business

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Environment Agency cracks down on illegal e-waste operators

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DisplaySearch Report Reveals China TV Market Entering the Flat Panel TV Era. According to DisplaySearch, flat panel TVs will replace CRT TVs when the FPD price is approximately twice that of a similar-size CRT...

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World Scrap

E-waste in Ghana – Anti-dumping legislation soon. ...available data shows that as much as 75% of the 8.7 million tons of e-waste generated in the European Union cannot be accounted for, despite stringent regulations for recycling e-waste. In the US the figure is said to be about 80% or more...

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CRT monitors are heavy, bulky, consume a lot of power and take up half your desk.

Not surprisingly, LCDs are increasingly pushing them off the table and into the bin

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Illegal shipments of e-waste on the increase, new report warns

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Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

SVTC’s film on E-Waste in India

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Materials Recycling Week Blog

Andrea Height, Deputy Editor, MRW Blog on the Ecobuild exhibition

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Environment Agency makes first e-waste arrest

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The Independent

Dumped in Africa – Britain’s toxic waste

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CPT closes CRT production lines in mainland China

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BBC News

Campaigners highlight 'toxic TVs'

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The Economic Times

Sony to exit CRT business in India

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Seeking Alpha

Corning, Inc. Q3 2008 Earnings Call Transcript

“…Of the 1.9 billion televisions in households worldwide at the end of ’07 only 8% were LCDs and we believe at some point almost all will become LCDs. The CRT market is collapsing and LCD is the product of choice…”

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