With the transition into flat screen devices, low prices and the ever growing market for wider, yet more compact screens, computer monitors are fast becoming one of the most populous forms of E-Waste as new products flow into homes.
With the harsh reality of 1.6 million computers in landfill, 1.8 million in storage and 5.3 million simply sitting around in 2006 compared to only 500,000 recycled, (in Australia alone) it is no wonder that computer monitors form a large part of E-Waste.
It seems that as many are happy to dispose of their old monitors in the worst manner possible rather than recycle them, people simply do not understand the harm a computer monitor can impart upon the environment.
The composition of materials in computer monitors is toxic to the environment.
Materials used within monitors include plastics, glass and metals (most significantly lead), all dangerous when disposed of in landfill, not only for the environment, but for people as well.
Lead accounts for approximately 6% of your old monitor’s composition and only has a 5% recyclable effici