Being in the buy-sell storage auction business, you’re bound to come across some old CRT (box-style) televisions, CRT computer monitors, outdated stereo systems, and other obsolete electronics. Many people choose to store these items in a self-storage facility, believing they may one day use them again. Of course, this time never comes, and the electronics become obsolete. So, what should you do with obsolete electronics such as this?
Some storage auction seekers automatically assume this stuff is trash. After all, most charity centers, including Goodwill, won’t even accept CRT televisions because they are obsolete. But it’s a little-known fact that electronics — even outdated ones — are manufactured with precious metals like gold, copper and silver. Tossing them in the trash means you are essentially throwing away valuable metals. Instead of throwing away obsolete electronics, you should consider scrapping them for extra cash. You won’t receive a ton of money for scrap metal found in old electronics, but any money is nice.
This article reveals the step-by-step process for disassembling an old CRT television and acquiring the metal from it. Keep in mind that it’s somewhat technical, requiring labor and time. Once you get the hang of it, though, you can pull out scrap metal from old electronics fairly easily.
Before scrapping any metal you obtain from obsolete electronics, I recommend calling around to get price quotes from several different recycling companies in your area. Find out exactly how much they are paying (usually per pound) for scrap metal. After you’ve acquired a decent amount of metal, take it to the highest paying recycling company.
In the event that you are unable to obtain any scrap metal from your obsolete electronics, you should have them recycled. Why is this important? Electronic waste (known as e-waste) has become a serious problem due to its harmful impact on the environment. TVs, computers, monitors, video game systems and other electronics often contain lead and other toxic substances that can harm the environment. Furthermore, most states have laws prohibiting residents from simply dumping their electronics in the trash.
You can check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) webpage here for more information on electronics recycling programs. It provides a list of companies that will gladly accept, and recycle, your old electronics.