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Peter Kopcych, general manager for CRT Recycling, said he welcomes to investigators and hope they catch the person responsible.
While the fire was a set back the company they have mostly been able to continue with their operations, Kopcych said. The business takes in and recycles tube televisions, computer monitors and other electronics by separating parts that are hazardous to the environment, such as parts with lead inside. Non-hazardous materials - such as the plastic outer casing of a television - is sold to buyers in bulk for a profit. Hazardous materials are sent to companies to be disposed of properly under state and federal guidelines, Kopcych said. Most of the items burned in the fire that were inside the warehouse already had the hazardous materials removed and was mostly plastic, he said. Through state Department of Environmental Protection regulations, Kopcych is currently working to find a company that will safely tear down the building, which was a total loss. "They're going to be involved in the whole cleanup," Kopcych said. "Anything that we do with the cleanup has to be approved by DEP." A structural engineer was expected to visit the building on Thursday to determine whether the building was safe enough to remove the burned items inside before taking the building down. Page 2 of 2 - As far as who started the fire, Kopcych said he did not know.
The company will delay re-opening for a few days as damages are assessed, said Peter Kopcych, general manager of CRT Recycling, which has about 20 employees.
Kopcych said authorities are reviewing surveillance cameras as part of their investigation. Sunday morning, Jim Tyree, a company foreman, and Kopcych discussed the blaze as they surveyed the damage to the property.
Peter Kopcych, general manager for CRT Recycling, said his 70 employees collect and recycle roughly 200,000 tons of e-waste a year.
The products' manufacturers pay his company 15 cents per pound to recycle their old televisions and computers. Of those 15 cents, Kopcych said CRT pays 6 cents per pound to Big Brothers. From now until Jan. 1, Kopcych said he will recycle about 200,000 pounds of manufacturer-funded e-waste. According to Kopcych, a special permit from Microsoft will allow Big Brothers to license the computers and sell them for roughly $20 to children who cannot otherwise afford the technology. In the future, Kopcych thinks that those at Big Brothers will have a more autonomous collection program, where they will collect the products they can re-use, and let CRT deal with things that must be recycled. Kopcych said the initiative to keep cathode ray tubes out of landfills started in the late 1990s; to date, not all states have laws prohibiting such material from their landfills. Today, many electronics no longer use cathode ray tubes, and Kopcych said it's important to stay one step ahead of the technology, and subsequent recycling, curve. For now, Kopcych said CRT Recycling will take just about anything except car batteries, wood products and propone tanks. He hopes it will be especially helpful to those who cannot dispose of these things themselves. "There are definitely people who can't bring their TVs to a drop-off," echoed RIRRC's Kite. "So I can see where this would be helpful, especially for seniors." Kopcych is also excited to be working with Kass and Big Brothers, and hopes it can help the organization. "It's kind of a win-win for everybody," he said.
Letter of thanks to our general manager Peter Kopcych
"We send good [material] overseas,'' said Peter Kopcych, general manager of CRT, which takes thousands of tons of old computers and televisions every year from close to 200 municipalities, including some in Massachusetts.
Kopcych said Basel Action got its information wrong. The company sent televisions - not computer monitors - in the containers. And he said the Indonesian government never opened them to see what was inside. A Basel Action Network official said the Indonesian government did open the containers. Kopcych said company representatives asked people whether their televisions worked when they picked them up, and the machines were separated based on the answer. In cases where there was no one to ask, the company workers separated the TVs themselves. He said it ships only 3 percent of all the televisions they collect, and of those, about 97 percent can be reused.