With the increase in new technologies many consumers are trashing their electronics into common disposal units and the process to get these electronics recycled is complex. Furthermore, the rate for recycling glass, plastics and metal using current processes is slow compared to the rate of demand for products using these elements.
Recycling electronics is critical to our efforts to conserve the earth's natural resources, reduce pollution and reduce the cost associated with electronic disposal. Each cathode ray tube contains five to seven pounds of lead embedded in the glass as well as other hazardous constituents, and land filling these tubes can be hazardous to the environment. For more information on CRT disposal, visit Managing Waste, Cathode Ray Tubes at California's Department of Toxic Substances Control