You may have been proud of your old CRT computer monitor, but as the years have gone by, it’s become quite outdated. You don’t want to just throw away a whole computer monitor–after all, it was expensive when you’d bought it–but your local electronics recycling center wants to charge you to take it. Here are four things you can do to get rid of a computer monitor without throwing it away, and without paying a cent.
However if you are giving away or selling your computer, make sure you erase any sensitive information in it before giving it away. You can always recycle electronic equipments by donating them or by advertise about giving them away on Craigslist. With donations, you can claim tax deductions.
The shop’s open house Feb. 26 includes an computer recycling event from noon to 5 p.m. Visitors can help prevent more landfill piles of hazardous materials. Bring old printers, cell phones, laptops, wires, batteries and more for recycling.
Securely erase any hard drives you’re donating, or don’t donate them. Your personal information is stored in quite a few places on a well-used hard drive, so use software to securely erase your hard drive. Don’t simply format it, as this only marks space as deleted without actually overwriting anything. There are a number of free programs that can accomplish secure deletion–do a quick search for Darius Boot And Nuke for one such program.
Drop-off recycling – Recycling times are from 8:00 a.m. to noon as follows: 4-H Center: April 20, May 18, June 22, Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 23. Old Wal-Mart West: May 4, June 1, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov.2, Dec. 7. Evansville Day School: May 11, Sept. 21, Nov. 16. Household waste that will be accepted for drop-off recycling include: newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper, catalogs, magazines, metal food cans, aluminum cans, glass containers, and plastic containers of types #1 – #7. All items must be cleaned and sorted.
In the average home, the toilet accounts for 28% of water use. Weight a bottle with an inch or so of sand or pebbles and fill it the rest the way with water. Seal it and place in your toilet tank away for the operating mechanisms. You will be saving water on every flush! Make sure there is at least 3 gallons of water left to ensure proper toilet use. Most toilets have more than enough room unless they are already low flow.
Remember not to throw away your CRT monitor, as it’s certainly not biodegradable, and many communities have laws forbidding monitor owners from simply tossing their devices. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding a place to bring the monitor after a few phone calls, but if you simply can’t find a place for it to go, you can always find a low-cost major city recycling company, which tend to charge about $5 for CRT monitors.