Is the computer monitor more harmful than the actual computer?



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    Computer Monitors
    A modern computer monitor, or visual display unit, is most often made of a thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD). This same TFT-LCD is used in many electronics including TVs, mobile phones, navigation systems and projectors. Other types of displays include cathode ray tube (CRT), surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. Whether you are replacing a broken monitor or upgrading to a new, sleek design, your monitor’s ultimate resting place is something to c
    Facts About Computer Monitors
    Computer monitors are made of plastic, glass and metal. Some also can contain lead, from the color cathode ray tube (CRT), which creates the images on the screen. With this knowledge, it’s important to consider your options before you toss these monitors in the trash.

    One of the most important things to remember is that each CRT monitor contains an average of 4-8 pounds of lead. Lead is extremely dangerous and can result in damage with the central and peripheral nervous systems, circulatory system and kidneys. Lead exposure has also been shown to increase learning disabilities in children.

    About 1.5 million computers end up in landfills annually. By 2004, it was estimated that about 315 million computers were landfilled, totaling about 1.2 billion pounds of lead. On average, computer systems are upgraded every two years. Consider trading in your old unit when you buy a new one.

    Tips on Recycling Computer Monitors
    There are a few different options to consider when you are ready to dispose of your old computer monitor.

    There are a few different options to consider when you are ready to dispose of your old computer monitor.

    Donate the monitor to someone else who may need it. You can check with friends and family or contact a charity that may need used computer items to furnish its facilities or to give to individuals who may have otherwise not been able to afford a computer monitor. Many times, this can also be considered a tax write-off since it is a charitable donation. Try the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
    Refurbish your monitor. Many times, you will see refurbished merchandise for sale online at sites such as Newegg, Overstock or even manufacturer Web sites, such as Dell. Also, check with local computer technicians to see if your monitor can be fine-tuned.
    Recycle your monitor if it does not fit one of the two options above. Contact your state and local governments for recycling facilities.

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