When it comes to recycling old electronics, the things you might often think of are old desktop computers, printers and fax machines. Whatever your e-waste is, it’s important that they do not end up in landfills and instead, are recycled by a certified data destruction company. Something that you might still have lingering in your home is an old CRT TV. Your next question might be, what is a CRT TV? Read on to learn more.
There are three clues that you might have a CRT TV. If you knock on the front of the TV, is it hard glass? That is, it doesn’t push in a little like a flat screen plasma would. Does it have a deep back on it? Would it be nearly impossible to hang on the wall? If you answered yes to all these questions, you probably have a CRT TV and not a newer flat panel TV that has been growing in popularity ever since the turn of the millenium.
A CRT TV is a television device that uses cathode ray tubes. These tubes contain one or more electron guns and fluorescent screens that are used to view images. What some people might not realize is that these tubes contain high levels of toxins. In fact, CRT TVs typically contain about 4 to 8 pounds of lead in the glass tube and the inside of these tubes also are coated with a toxic phosphor dust. In addition to lead, there are often traces of mercury within the tubes as well. Given the high density of toxins that are housed in CRT TVs, it’s important that these devices are recycled and not thrown away in a landfill. If you, or someone you know still has an old CRT TV in their home and are thinking of getting rid of it, be sure to find a certified data destruction and recycling company who will be able to safely recycle your old CRT TV.