How to Get Rid of Old Computer Monitors
By Alicia Bodine
Computers and their parts become outdated over time. Newer programs cease to work with previous models, and you are forced to upgrade your computer. After you purchase a new computer monitor, you are left wondering what to do with the old one. Most of the time the old monitor is still in working condition. Throwing away a computer monitor is not a good idea. Not only will you take away the chance that someone less fortunate could use the monitor, but the monitor may have lead in it. Products with lead in them must be disposed of properly, not in your outside trash can.
Unplug your monitor and wipe it down with some rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. You want your monitor to look its best when you recycle or donate it.
Call the stores in your area that sell computers. Ask them if they accept used monitors. Some companies will take broken or used monitors from you and recycle them. Some will even offer you a store credit for donating old computer parts, such as a monitor.
Take your working computer monitor to a local thrift store. Individuals who cannot afford an up-to-date model will be able to purchase your used monitor for a small fee.
Place an ad in your local newspaper offering the monitor for free. You can do this even if the monitor is not working properly. Someone may want to salvage it for parts.
Visit Computer Hope and locate a company near you that accepts monitors for recycling or donating. If there are no companies near you, you can mail the monitor to one of the organizations. You will have to pay shipping and handling fees.
- If you donate your computer monitor, make sure you get a receipt. Donations of all kinds are tax deductible.
- Some recycling centers charge a small fee to take your computer monitor off your hands. Make sure you ask whether there are any fees before you drop your monitor off.
Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.