How to Dispose of LCD Computer Monitors

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How to Dispose of LCD Computer Monitors
Never try to dispose of a monitor yourself. (Monitor image by Caila from

When disposing of an LCD computer monitor, take note of the effects on the environment. 70% of all toxic waste is attributed to electronics, according to Monitors such as yours can sometimes contain dangerous chemicals and are also not biodegradable. Your best bet when looking for a way to dispose of your monitor is to recycle it.

Skill level:


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    Locate a recycling facility. There are literally hundreds of facilities in each state so you shouldn't have a problem locating one near you. (Refer to the resources section to find one.)

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    Call the facility. Make sure the facility is able to accept your equipment. Some facilities do not accept devices from individuals or they may only accept certain devices. Ask the facility what percentage they recycle of the e-waste material they collect. It is best if they recycle more than 90 per cent. Finally, make sure that they do no export electronics overseas for disposal. This practice has recently caused environmental and health concerns.

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    Disconnect the monitor from your computer. You may want to save the cables for later use. If you are also disposing of your computer, make sure you have erased the data from it. If you are not concerned about privacy, some facilities will erase the data for you.

  4. 4

    Take your device to the facility you choose during its hours of operation.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider donating your LCD computer monitor to a friend or relative if it still works.
  • Do not attempt to dispose of the monitor yourself. Monitors contain dangerous materials that could cause harm to you.

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