Not many people know about electronics recycling. When their devices stop working, they simply throw them out or sell the parts to buyers who need them. This is easily done for cellphones, tablets and other small devices. It might not work as well for larger components, such as computers and their monitors.
If you prioritize sustainable living, then just throwing them out doesn’t seem quite right either. Maybe you much prefer to recycle computers. To do so, you need to employ the services of a company that recycles electronics. Here’s how.
Steps to Recycle Computer Monitors
1. Disconnect the Monitor
People who are only accustomed to turning a monitor on and off may feel paranoid about unplugging any devices. Still, connections on a PC tower are a lot less complicated than they might at first appear. The first thing to note is that monitors can use many different types of connections to a PC. These include the following:
Note that even if the monitor says it is a VGA connection, the other end of the cord may plug into an HDMI port on the computer. The best way to find out what plugs into where is to turn off the computer, locate the cord plugged into the monitor and follow it to the PC. Then, unplug it. There should also be a second cord that goes to a power source. Unplug that as well.
2. Clean Up the Monitor
It’s only natural to feel eager to get rid of the monitor, but before you do, a little spring cleaning is in order. Most people don’t bother with cleaning monitors beyond just the screen. This is true even when they clean everything else on the desk. Because of this, some light dusting before sending it off is a common courtesy.
There are several ways to clean your monitors. Use a sheet of paper towel and some rubbing alcohol on the screen. The coating on the outside of the monitor may be a little more sensitive to chemicals, so try using baby wipes or a damp paper towel. Be sure to clean the back of the monitor, which is the area most often neglected. Also, carefully turn the monitor over on its side to clean the foot of the stand.
3. Consider Storage Options
Some electronics recycling companies can pick your old monitor up as quickly as the same day or within 48 hours. However, to do so, you need to supply information about the device and get a quote. If you already splurged on a brand-new monitor to replace the one you disconnected, paying more money to recycle might not be immediately possible.
Finding a place to secure the monitor keeps it in good shape while you save up a few extra bucks to get rid of it in a safe and environmentally responsible way. The most common option is to store the monitor in the garage or attic. If you have a closet and the monitor is small enough, then this might work as well. Some people with large desks may store the old monitor beneath it. At the office, try asking IT for advice.
4. Choose an Electronics Recycler
Choosing the right company plays an important role in determining what your options are. There might be several recycling companies in your area, so try to find one that handles electronics specifically. You can find them by placing an ad in the newspapers, using Craigslist or doing some quick research online.
Contact High Tech Recycling
If you’re in the Metro-Detroit area, then consider High Tech Recycling. We offer affordable solutions, whether you want to recycle computer monitors from your home or dozens from a commercial site. If you also have printers, televisions and mobile devices, we’re happy to take those too. To get started, fill out our contact form and schedule a pickup today.