Recycle Your Working CRT Computer Monitor

When you buy a new computer, you may also want to get a new monitor. The old CRT, or cathode ray tube, monitors are large and clunky, and most people are getting rid of them and replacing them with the new, sleek monitors. For those who are replacing their old monitors, it’s important that you don’t simply through the unit into the trash. Putting the CRT monitors into the trash, whether they are working or not, is a terrible idea.

 

Why Recycle Your Working CRT Computer Monitor?

The CRT monitors can contain quite a bit of lead, and when people put their monitors into the landfill, that lead will eventually get into the groundwater. When you consider just how many people are replacing their old monitors, you can imagine just how many millions of pounds of lead could be lying on the ground. It’s a chilling thought. In addition to the problem of all that lead in the environment and leaching into water supplies, you also have to consider just how much space these monitors take up.

Recycling Your Working Monitor

If your monitor still works well, you don’t have to take it to a recycling center quite yet. You can always donate the monitor to someone else who might need it. Check with friends, family, coworkers, and local charities to see if they want to take the monitor off your hands. In some cases, such as giving it to Goodwill, you will even be able to get a tax write-off. You could also try to sell the monitor.

If no one needs the CRT monitor, then contact the recycling facilities in your area to see which ones are willing to take computer monitors. Most communities will have at least one location that takes electronics in need of recycling, so you should be able to find a place that’s within driving distance.