What do you do with your broken CRTs?

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  1. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    I got a couple of discolored and non-working CRTs that I "inherited" and I'm trying to get rid of em. My regular trash pick-up wont take em and before I start callin the local dumps, I just wanna know what is the best/cheapest way to get them out of my life?
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    try calling a local CompUSA/Best Buy/Office Max, they usually take electronics like that either for free or a small fee for disposal.
     
  3. JAT macrumors 603

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    Try your county, too. It's free to recycle electronics in my county, I just have to go drop them off.
     
  4. Collin973 macrumors 6502

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    I put a pick axe through my last couple CRT's...(years ago)

    Actually, we rented a dumpster to get rid of a lot fo junk and when your 14, destroying stuff is really cool.

    Seriously, I think you can drop them off with your county's recycling or go to an electronics store...
     
  5. bradc macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, there is no greater stress reliever for office stress than beating the crap out of a piece of equipment! Think Office Space!

    "PC Load Letter......what the f^*k is that?!"
     
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Yes, give this a try Bobdude161. :)

    LOL :D Office Space is a great movie! :D :)
     
  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    CRTs are nasty business, and there's a reason you're not allowed to just dump them in the trash--they contain literally several POUNDS of lead. Please don't just dumpster them, dispose of them properly.

    Some areas have recycling programs that will take them for nothing, but where I live you basically have to pay to get rid of them--some places take electronics for recycling for something like 25 cents a pound (a bit pricey, but worth it to have them dealth with properly), others will take CRTs for a (fairly steep) flat fee of around $20.

    Again, that's your only option here, though--you can't throw them out, no dump will take them because they're considered hazardous waste (for a good reason), and NOBODY will accept donations of even perfectly functional CRT monitors/TVs because they're so hard to dispose of.

    Also, if you just bought a new Mac, you can use Apple's recycling service to get rid of your old junk for free:

    http://www.apple.com/environment/recycling/program/index.html
     
  8. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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    I've dumped 20 or so CRTs in my local lake, everything seems to be working fine :confused:



    Just kidding
     
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    But there is the possibilities that the CRTs would probably be cleaner than the fish your local lake. :(
     
  10. wozzlewoozle macrumors regular

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    Ah, that's what to do for years I've limited to throwing old car batteries in the river to celebrate earth day; next year definately an old crt!
     
  11. Bobdude161 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    lol didn't see that part :D

    But I'll look up my local recycling depot and see what they say. thnx!
     
  12. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Well I've given all my old PCs away. The last time I checked my 3.1 PC is now happily living in some poor-persons (both literally and metaphorically) dining room and my uncle now uses my old 98 PC for emails (after installing XP).
     
  13. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Um, fish tanks anyone. Yup, those CRT's can be used as fish tanks. ;)
     
  14. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Every few months, my community has a local drop-off for dangerous items (like CRTs) that cannot be disposed of normally. I would check with your local City Hall.

    My city's waste services also accept computer monitors & TVs.

    Apple will also take your old computer & monitor, but only with the purchase of a new Mac. Link


    Please don't just throw CRTs in your trash. Not only is it bad for the environment, but it can also be very dangerous for any waste management employees.
     
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Sometimes the municipal trash services will offer "free pickup" or a nominal charge on bulk pickups for stuff too large for the can -- refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, etc. tree trimmings and yard clippings furniture broken toys etc.

    We just tried to get a container for pickup before the move, they recommended a bulk pickup or taking the stuff directly down to their solid waste transfer facility.

    Both were free, compared to the cost of $175 + $25/ton for a container.

    However their household hazzardous waste center isn't open yet, so no free chemical dump yet and the quarterly stations have been closed all year.

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    Check the website for your area, to see if you have drive in access to the solid waste transfer facility in your area or a bulk pickup option.

    However if you are serviced by Waste Mgmt or the other company, it'll probably cost you.
     
  16. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    theres a computer recycle "store" near my house... we gave our old one to them... I think it was only like $10
     
  17. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Sounds like the perfect excuse to buy a new Mac to me! ;) :D
     
  18. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I just put them out in the street with a "Free" sign on them. People eventually took them all. It took about 2 or 3 days for me, I am on a busy street though.
     
  19. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    Roll em' up in a carpet and throw em' of a bridge!:eek: :p :D
     
  20. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    That would probably help keep the body in the carpet from floating to the top, just make sure they don't dredge that section of the river for awhile.
     
  21. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    And be sure to holler, "look out below" just in case there is anyone below. ;) :D It would be a shame to hit a fisherman on the head as he sails underneath the bridge. :)
     
  22. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Well, unless it is someone you want to get rid of....then no warning would be necessary aaron.lee2006. ;) :D
     
  23. brikeh macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but 20 of them?? ;)
     
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