Computer and Electronic Equipment Recycling
Computer monitors contain materials that should be recycled. All computer components have changed over the years, but a PC today is typically 40 percent steel, 30 to 40 percent plastic, 10 percent aluminum and 10 percent other metals, including copper, gold, silver, cadmium and platinum. A monitor adds glass and lead to this total.
The Cathode Ray Tube or CRT is the viewing portion of computer monitors and televisions. The CRT contains hazardous material that needs to be recycled. In your discarded computer monitors there are traces of lead, phosphorus, cadmium, barium, and mercury. As a product, these hazardous materials are safely sealed. When the CRT is sent to the landfill the chance of breakage is very high, the hazardous materials may be released creating a potential hazard to workers and groundwater. Regulatory agencies, federal, state and city-wide, are now monitoring the disposal of CRT's and other computer equipment. The charges to recycle are minimal when compared to the potential liability from placing these CRT's in a landfill. No monitors shall be placed in a campus dumpster.
The University, through the efforts of Environmental Health and Safety Department, the Department of Asset Management, and Information Technology Services, has secured a vendor to recycle computer components instead of less desirable methods of disposal such as land filling or incineration.