Recycle Computer Monitors




Whether you’re disposing of your old boxy monitor or upgrading your flat-screen monitor, these devices are recyclable. You’ll likely have to make use of a drop-off or take-back program.

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Frequent Computer Monitor Recycling Questions

Where can computer monitors be recycled?

When you’re ready to get rid of your old computer monitor, you have a variety of choices:

  • Jump to the recycling search to find local options.
  • Check with your computer’s manufacturer, or the retailer you purchased it from to see what kind of take-back or trade-in options might be available.

Why do some recyclers accept computers, but not monitors?

According to the EPA, some electronics, including color CRTs computer monitors, test “hazardous” under federal law. If so, they are subject to special handling requirements under federal law, meaning not all recycling facilities are properly equipped for handling.

Do computer monitors contain dangerous materials?

Computer monitors are made of plastic, glass and metal. Some also can contain lead, from the color cathode ray tube (CRT), which creates the images on the screen. With this knowledge, it’s important to consider your options before you toss these monitors in the trash.

Why can't computer monitors be thrown in the trash?

Recycling your computer monitor helps ensure that valuable materials like plastic, glass and metal do not go to waste. But just as importantly, it is also providing the important benefit of keeping some of the less desirable materials found in computer monitors such as lead and other heavy metals out of our natural environment.

Is throwing a computer monitor in the trash against the law?

It depends where you live. Computer monitors can contain materials that are hazardous to the environment if disposed of improperly.

State regulatory requirements for e-scrap can be more stringent than the Federal requirements, and vary from state to state.

Check relevant state requirements via your local household hazardous waste facility.

Do any manufacturers or retailers take back computer monitors for recycling?

Yes, lots of them! Many manufacturer-sponsored programs will accept and process their brand for free. Some accept other brands for trade-in or a small fee.
Manufacturer-Specific Programs:

  • Apple
  • Dell
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Acer
  • Toshiba
  • Gateway
  • Lenovo
  • Sony
  • Panasonic
  • Epson
  • IBM

Retailer Programs:

  • Circuit City
  • Best Buy
  • Staples – Accepts computers, monitors, laptops, desktop printers, faxes and all-in-ones
  • U.S. EPA Plug-in Partners – Lists manufacturers, retailers and service providers that offer recycling of e- waste

Will it cost you money to recycle a computer monitor?

Some recyclers may charge a small fee, but this is dependent upon the program or facility being used. Jump to the recycling search and call your area recycler to be sure.