Frequently Asked Question: Computer Monitors
Helping countless individuals and families over the years, we've dealt with more than our share of old computer monitors & displays. As such, here are the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of screens.
Table of Contents
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK? FAQs
- Computer Monitors FAQs
- Can/should you throw away old computer monitors?
- How are computer monitors recycled?
- Can I recycle computer screens/monitors in my local recycling program?
- Can I throw away my computer monitor in the trash?
- What are some creative ways to repurpose my old computer monitor?
- How do I know if my computer monitor is going bad? When should I buy a new display?
- Why should I recycle my old flatscreen monitor?
- How do I prepare my monitor for disposal?
- Computer Monitors FAQs
Computer Monitor FAQs
Can/should you throw away old computer monitors?
A broken monitor might seem like trash, but that’s not where you should put it. Old computer monitors and displays often contain glass and hazardous materials that can increase unwanted waste in the landfill. If they end up sitting in the landfill for too long, these hazardous materials can filter down into the soil and water table or disperse into the air, causing serious environmental damage.
Instead of throwing these items in the garbage, you should recycle them. You’ll need to take these items to a facility that is equipped to handle electronics. It’s a good idea to contact your local recycling facility to make sure they accept monitors. Of course, if you aren’t sure how to deal with it on your own you can always call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’ll pick up all your old monitors, screens, and displays and ensure they get properly disposed of.
How are computer monitors recycled?
There are different types of monitors, with two common ones being cathode ray tubes and LCD. Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are usually bulky and contain lead, whereas LCDs have small fluorescent bulbs that contain mercury. These metals are highly toxic if released into the air and thus need to be handled properly during the recycling process.
Monitors also contain a variety of recyclable material such as silicon, tin, aluminum, iron, cadmium and plastic. They can also be sources of valuable metals, which can be melted down and reused over and over again without altering their properties.
When a computer is recycled, these materials are extracted and broken down into their raw components, like glass, metal, and plastic. The raw components are then reused and made into new products.
Can I recycle computer screens/monitors in my local recycling program?
Most local municipal recycling programs will not accept an old computer monitor as part of their regular services. Old monitors tend to be bulky and contain toxic materials like lead and mercury. Many recycling programs aren’t equipped to handle these materials safely, and therefore won’t accept items that contain them. It’s important to check and make sure your program accepts monitors and screens before you drop them off of leave them curbside, otherwise your items could end up in the landfill.
If you want to ensure your monitors will be properly disposed of, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We handle your unwanted displays with care and you can be sure your items will be properly disposed of. It’s just one less thing you need to worry about!
Can I throw away my computer monitor in the trash?
Computer monitor parts contain lead and other harmful chemicals that could contaminate the environment if thrown in with your regular household garbage. If the monitor is still in working condition, consider selling or donating it first. If it’s broken, you can try calling your local appliance stores and ask if they accept broken or used monitors. You might even get store credit for recycling your monitor! Your local recycling center might take it as well.
However, all these options require your time and energy to haul it out of your house. If you have multiple monitors that need to be disposed of, it’s best to call us at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to take it away for you. We make it easy to get unwanted junk out of your way. All you have to do is point!
What are some creative ways to repurpose my old computer monitor?
If you are a techie that’s hands-on, try converting your monitor into a digital photo frame or touchscreen tablet. You could even try turning it into a TV screen for your room, but that’s only if your monitor supports HDMI input and has integrated speakers for sound. If that doesn’t sound like something you could do, or you have a broken monitor, then give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call. Our clean and shiny trucks are in your neighborhood and are ready to take away your junk. We’re always happy to help!
How do I know if my computer monitor is going bad? When should I buy a new display?
You’ll know the monitor is failing if it suddenly goes black and stops working. First, you’ll want to check if the cables are connected properly and if that doesn’t work than it’s best to take it to a professional to diagnose the problem. You might start noticing white spots or your screen pixelating. If your brightness suddenly goes down or flickers at random intervals, that’s another sign the monitor is not performing. If you have a few broken monitors lying around, let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? get rid of them for you. We’re happy to help haul your junk away!
Why should I recycle my old flatscreen monitor?
All monitors made before 2009 contain mercury, which is a dangerous chemical that is harmful to the environment. Despite newer monitors using LED lights that are much more environmentally friendly than mercury these days, recycling them still helps recover some valuable materials inside that can be reused. If you are moving offices or have old monitors lying around your basement, consider calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to help take it away. We’ll do all the heavy lifting for you and will make sure your old monitors get properly disposed of. Book your free, no-obligation estimate by calling us or booking online today!
How do I prepare my monitor for disposal?
First, you’ll want to unplug the monitor’s cable. If you plan to sell or donate your monitor, just give your old monitor a quick wipe-down with some rubbing alcohol and paper towels. You have the option of hauling your monitor to a local charity, thrift store, or posting your item online to see if anyone is willing to buy it. If you feel like disposal is too much work, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Our professional and friendly crew is available anytime to take care of the heavy lifting for you. Just point and junk disappears!