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This section shows you how to recycle old electronic devices and related items like cables, DVDs and more.

TVs and Computer Monitors

Not surprisingly, televisions and computer monitors make up a large percentage of the electronics collected for recycling. Technology advances quickly nowadays, and the turnover for these products is rapid. Flat screens -- for both TVs and computer monitors -- are now the norm rather than the exception. It's hard to even find a CRT (cathode ray tube) model being sold anymore.

Why are TVs and computer monitors hazardous?

Like other electronic devices, TVs and monitors contain heavy metals that can be toxic to humans and wildlife. Of particular concern is the metal lead. Some TVs and monitors can contain as much as eight pounds each! Lead is very harmful to many of the body's tissues and organs, including the heart, kidneys, intestines, and bones. It can also impede vital reproductive and nervous system functions. That is why we have to make sure to recycle them properly.

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