Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Recycle Your Computer Monitors!

Recycle Your Computer Monitors!

Going "green" and recycling is all the rage these days as people go to great lengths to save plastic, paper, glass, and other items, but did you know you are supposed to recycle your computer monitor? When most people's computer monitors quit working, they throw them out with their every-day trash and they end up in a landfill. Unfortunately, many people don't know that there is a better way to dispose of your monitor.

Inside your monitor is material that is consider hazardous waste and when it's buried in the ground, there is the potential for it to damage the soil, plants, and water around it, which can eventually be a threat to humans.

So how do you recycle your monitor? There are many ways. For example, I know my local landfill has a specific drop-off area just for computer monitors. However, if you aren't sure, you can start by contacting your local Environmental Protection Agency office or any other local agency that deals with environmental issues. Some cities hold specific city-wide clean-up weeks or days throughout the year and during that time, you can take advantage of various services that allow you to dispose of things you wouldn't normally be able to throw away or have picked up at your curb.

You can also check online or in your local phone book for companies that specialize in disposing of computer monitors or other hazardous waste. Find out if they'll take your monitor off your hands and if not, maybe they can suggest someone who will. It might cost you a fee or you may to ship the monitor to them, but you will be protecting yourself, your friends, your family, and everyone else on earth by reducing harmful environments.

Should your organization have a large quantity of monitors and need additional manpower, remember to consult a qualified computer logistics services provider.

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