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The story behind CRT TV monitor recycling

Submitted by KPB

This Saturday, June 22, Keep Pickens Beautiful invites you to recycle your CRT TV/Monitor from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Pickens Recycling Center on Appalachian Court. As you may know, CRT TVs and monitors are not accepted at the landfills or local recycling centers, so they are hard to get rid of. 

The charge you pay reflects the cost of CRT recycling. KPB pays for CRT recycling by the pound, and we also pay for the safe transportation of the load to Novus Solutions in Marietta.  

*Up to 50 lbs – $10.00

*50-100 lbs.  – $15

•100-200 lbs. – $20

•200-plus lbs. – $40

To understand, let’s take a step back in time to the early days of TVs and monitors. Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) were the technology used universally in TVs and monitors for over 60 years because of their easy accessibility, affordable pricing, compatibility, and long life. As liquid crystal display (LCD) and light emitting diode (LED) monitors came onto the scene, they offered improved video resolutions with smaller TV sizes and comparable price points, CRT monitors fell out of use and have now become “electronic waste.”

So why are they so difficult to recycle?  Lead is a big challenge.  Each TV contains between four and eight pounds of lead.  If not properly handled, lead can cause significant environmental and health issues.

There are several locations where lead is found in the CRT monitors.  The front glass screen contains 2-3% lead, the neck and funnel glass contains 22-30% lead, and the frit, or the solder that holds it all together, contains about 80% lead and has a very low melting point.  

In addition to the lead, there are other toxic materials, such as barium, nickel, zinc, and strontium.  If the CRT monitors aren’t responsibly recycled, these materials can leach into our environment, causing serious health risks to humans and hazardous environmental conditions.

 KPB has partnered with Novus Solutions because of their commitment to ensuring all materials are handled properly.  By carefully, manually disassembling the items, hazardous materials are handled appropriately and other items, such as the plastic, metals, circuit boards, and more, are separated for recycling as well.

Call KPB at 706-253-3600 or visit keeppickensbeautiful.org.

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