Protecting the Environment – CRT Monitor Disposal

August 26, 2010

You might not be aware that CRT monitor disposal needs to be done properly because of the high amount of toxic substances that are contained in the average CRT monitor. CRT or Cathode Ray Tube monitors contain high amounts of lead, cadmium and phosphors.

CRT monitor disposal and WEEE

  • CRT monitor disposal and the disposal of other CRT devices, such as televisions, fall under the WEEE directive, implemented in 2007.
  • As part of a growing environmental concern, the proper disposal or recycling of these monitors and televisions is required.
  • The toxic poisons contained in CRT monitors and televisions are the main reason for introducing the WEEE directives.

Many businesses may need to use an outsourced CRT monitor disposal company and many consumers may need the services for their CRT television sets, when it is time to get a new set.

There are many consumers that aren’t as familiar with the WEEE directives, but that doesn’t mean compliance isn’t required. There are Environment Agency Licensed Waste Carriers that can handle CRT monitor disposal for businesses, as well as handle the disposal of CRT televisions for consumers.

Dangers of CRT monitor disposal

There are several dangers involved with proper CRT monitor disposal because there is a high pressure vacuum that exists within the tubes. A dangerous accident can occur when glass pieces explode at a high velocity. Of course, the older CRT monitors are the ones that have this problem, while newer models use a somewhat safer process of manufacture to eliminate this problem.

Regardless, you still need the assistance of licensed electronics disposal companies because of the environmental concerns and the WEEE directives. In fact, regulatory agencies oversee and monitor the proper CRT monitor disposal processes and you need to be sure you have certificates of destruction, if the case warrants it. This is especially true for businesses that have many CRT monitors, IT equipment and office machinery because the end-of-life IT asset disposal is an important part of a business’s responsibility for their IT equipment.

Hopefully CRT monitor disposal will eventually be unnecessary

Eventually, the problem of CRT monitor disposal will be reduced and the same is true of CRT televisions because there are many manufacturers that have stopped producing them because of the environmental concerns and newer technology. In the meanwhile, there are still plenty in circulation that are getting ready to meet their demise. When you consider the DSG Dixon’s said that 80% to 90% of the 2004 Christmas televisions were CRT, then only 15% to 20% a year later, it is indicative of the trend in the decline of CRT items.

While Dixon’s didn’t sell any CRT televisions in 2007, that only means that the CRT televisions and CRT monitors are getting older and more businesses are likely to be replacing their monitors with the newer technologies. For most businesses, replacing their computer systems is a regular occurrence, but most businesses are replacing their CRT monitors with other options and many of them have already outsourced their CRT monitor disposal.

If you are a business that is upgrading computer equipment find out how RecyclingYourIT can help you with CRT monitor disposal.