CRTs, or Cathode Ray Tubes, sound almost as intimidating as how dangerous they actually are.

A company called eCycle Security Inc. is leading a mission to make Jacksonville the first CRT-free city in America. Why though? What’s the big deal?

“Approximately 860 million pounds of hazardous CRT glass is stockpiled in the U.S. and headed for landfills or third world countries who are ill equipped to recycle it safely. The toxic material poses a huge health and environmental threat that must be dealt with now,” eCycle said through their mission statement. Still though, what does this mean and what do we need to do about it?

Well, Cathode Ray Tubes ares vacuum tubes containing one or more electron emitters and a fluorescent glass screen used to view images through. Devices like those older, big TVs and computer screens. CRTs have the means to accelerate and deflect the electron beams onto these screens to create images. The images represent electrical waveforms, screen pictures and even radar targets among other technological uses.

For a long time CRTs were viewed as an advanced technology that brought television and computer images to our homes, but with the ever-changing technological state our world is a part of, these CRTs are not used in the sleek flat screen, LED and LCD displays we see in our televisions, tablets and computers today.

They have become obsolete for our entertainment purposes, but have now become a huge issue in our global efforts of recycling, conservation, preservation and safety. CRTs contain lead, which is toxic when we are exposed to it. With CRTs no longer being used in most of the technology we use today, our world now has an immense amount of excess toxic CRT materials with no incentive of profit to recycle it or safely dispose of it.

“We want to lead the way towards a CRT free planet. Our safe, sustainable process is scalable and mobile. Our intention is to bring this technology to cities across the U.S. starting with Jacksonville,” Juan Carlos Villatoro, founder of eCycle Security, said.

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Juan Carlos Villatoro, founder of eCycle on set during the filming of their promotional video for Indiegogo.

eCycle Security has designed proven and innovative technology with a completely transparent process for safely recycling CRT glass. They will use the funds raised through their local Jacksonville campaigns on Indiegogo and at One Spark to complete the final manufacturing of the machine that will process the excess CRTs.

Through community involvement and philanthropic donations, eCycle is shooting to make Jacksonville CRT free by 2016. For more information on eCycle, check out the campaign video below or visit Donations can be made at their Indiegogo campaign site.