The subject property was operated as an e-waste recycler from approximately 2012 to March 2016. Closed Loop accepted electronic e-wastes including cathode ray tubes (CRTs), flat-screen displays, projection televisions, and other electronic waste for disassembly and recycling. Primary operations included mechanical dismantling of CRTs, which involved manual separation of plastic and precious metals from the glass CRTs. Secondary operations included the mechanical crushing of the glass components. Segregated plastics, metals, and crushed glass were then re-packaged into cardboard gaylord containers and stored at the site.
In the spring of 2016, when Closed Loop abandoned the site, nearly all of their unprocessed or partially processed e-waste was left behind. Both buildings were approximately 90% full of e-waste and e-waste containers (cardboard gaylord containers) that are predominately stacked on top of each other two or three high. Additionally, it appears the CRT glass crushing operations conducted by Closed Loop within the 1675 building was not operating with adequate dust control systems that met Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants standards. Therefore, heavy dust residue is present throughout the facility.
AKT Peerless acted as the Client and property owner’s advocate throughout the project in order to ensure the most efficient approach and regulatory compliance in the removal of the accumulated e-waste as well as subsequent remediation of the referenced space. AKT Peerless completed the following tasks: project planning and coordination, project administration and advisory services, project oversight of E-Waste removal, and project oversight of RCRA closure and space remediation.
AKT Peerless’ comprehensive assessment services provided our client protection from liability exposure and a release of hazardous chemicals to the environment.
The principal components of the on-site activities associated with the project were as follows:
- Construction of Dust Control Containment Structures
- Movement and Relocation of CRT Materials
- Evaluation of CRT Material Container Condition
- Decontamination of CRT Material Containers
- Preparation of CRT Material Containers for Shipping
- Transfer of CRT Materials to the Designated Loading Zone for Shipment
- Daily Cleaning of Work Areas
- Final Equipment Decontamination, and
- Final Building Decontamination