According to scientific research, just recycling one computer or one TV monitor can be equivalent to preventing the emission of 1.35 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released to the environment; this means that TV recycling actually prevents four to eight pounds of lead from entering the waste system; you are talking here about only one TV monitor. The older type of Cathode Ray Tube Television is said to contribute the greatest amount of e-waste in the world today. While the CRTs themselves may not have much value, they have extremely dangerous substances inside them that are quite difficult to recycle a good example being leaded glass. There are some unscrupulous electronics recycling companies that choose to ship them to underdeveloped countries instead of following proper TV recycling procedures.
When you have over your old CRT to a reputable TV recycling company, the first thing that they do is to remove the cathode ray tube from its enclosure; proper TV recycling requires that the parts of the old TV are separated manually in order to preserve the integrity of the glass tube for the glass separation process. Once the CRT has been removed the remaining parts are shredded and separated under different categories such as steel, copper, the circuit board and plastic; some of these commodities are good enough to be sold to TV manufacturers for re-use.
The next step in the TV recycling process reviles around the cathode ray tube itself that is made of glass; the electronics recycling company works very carefully so as to separate clean glass from the leaded glass. The clean glass is usually a high quality material that can be refined and reused for various purposes including in automobiles, beads, lighting and the manufacture of fiberglass. The leaded glass is thereafter heated up in order for the lead to be removed and once that has been done the lead that has been harvested will be sold as a commodity.
While there may be costs that are associated with TV recycling, this indeed is a necessary service. If old TV monitors are left to get to landfills they will start emitting greenhouse gases that will very easily cause water and air pollution. All forms of e-waste including all TV monitors have the potential to cause adverse effects to our health and that of our families. What make the issue of TV recycling more crucial are the facts the people are replacing their television more often than you can imagine especially when we want to keep with technological advances. The good news is that TV recycling offers anyone who is upgrading their TV a legal and responsible way of getting rid of the old TV set without harming the environment or jeopardizing the future of coming generations.