Ways to Computer Monitor Disposal Eco-Friendly Ways to Computer Monitor Disposal Eco-Friendly

When you buy a new computer monitor you may be so focused on the new that you forget that you must arrange computer monitor disposal for the model you are replacing. Because of the materials contained in computer monitors, you cannot simply put it out with the trash since this would release those materials into the environment and expose them to humans. Here are a few eco-friendly ways to get rid of your computer monitor. 

Contact the Computer Company

Computer companies such as Apple, Gateway and Dell offer a recycling program. You simply mail your monitor to them and they take care of the computer monitor disposal in an environmentally friendly way while utilizing it to make new computer monitors. In most cases all you have to do is purchase pre-paid packaging and send the monitor to the computer company. 

Donate It

If your monitor still works well but you are upgrading, why not donate it? Thrift stores, charities, schools and other non-profit organizations can always use this kind of equipment but can't always afford it. This method of computer monitor disposal not only helps the community but could also mean a tax deduction for you. 

Recycle It

Computer monitors and other parts can be recycled by third-party companies that have expertise in handling the metals and other hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury, found in computer monitors. You can easily find this information on the online and locate the recycling center nearest to you. Before you bring your monitor in to be recycled, make sure the center adheres to responsible recycling guidelines. A few good places to start are the International Association of Electronics Recyclers or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Plug-In to eCycling program.

Many companies that recycle computer parts only do so as a business-to-business arrangement so make sure that you explain to them that you are an individual looking to recycle your monitor. If they do not take individual parts, ask them to recommend a company that will.

Please only recycle with a certified computer monitor disposal company and do not put your computer monitor out with your household recycling. Your local government's recycling program is only equipped to handle glass, plastic and paper that you use in your house and they do not have the know-how or facilities to handle the special materials that make up your computer monitor. 

Sell It

Ebay is committed to making computer monitor disposal safe and eco-friendly and have a special place on their website called the PC Selling Zone - this is a great resource if you are thinking of selling your computer monitor. Their computer experts will help you find out how much your old monitor is worth and they will even list it and take care of the sale for you if you don't have enough time to do it yourself. You also have the option of trading in your old monitor and you can physically drop it off to a PC Selling Zone location regardless of whether you want to trade it in or sell it.

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