Computer Monitors Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste If your items are in good condition, consider donating them. Never Throw in the Trash Computer monitors, including cathode ray tube (CRT), LCD and plasma, are considered hazardous waste. Never throw computer or television monitors in the trash, as they can leach lead and other toxic chemicals into the environment. Alternative Ways to Recycle Staples' Take Back Program Staples offers free, in-store recycling for your unwanted electronics, including desktop computers, tablets, monitors, printers and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples. Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program Best Buy will take back monitors and many other home electronics for free; they also offer a buy back program for more desired electronics. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Find the nearest store. Apple Store Gift Card Apple runs a reuse and recycling program for unwanted iPhones, iPads, Mac or PC computers and displays. Depending on the condition of your electronics, Apple can give you credit if they have monetary value. Find out more. Microsoft Trade-In and Recycling Program Visit any Microsoft store location to trade in old devices, game consoles or games for Microsoft store credit. If your items no longer carry substantial value, they will be wiped of data and safely recycled. If you aren’t near a store location, you can request a prepaid postage label to mail in your items. Did You Know? The Problem of E-Waste E-waste is a dangerous business in India and China, where e-waste recycling plants release toxic chemicals into the air and cause health problems for recycling workers. To learn more about e-waste, check out The Story of Stuff Project. Less than a Fifth of the World's E-Waste is Recycled In 2019, the world generated a staggering 53.6 million tons of e-waste. Yet only roughly 17 percent was collected and recycled through e-waste recycling programs — resulting in a loss of gold, silver, copper, platinum, and other high-value materials estimated at more than $57 billion dollars.