Computer Monitors

Alternative ways to recycle
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You can drop off computer monitors for free at E-waste recycling sites in San Luis Obispo County.  Several local businesses and organizations accept computer monitors for reuse, refurbishment or recycling.

Exploration Discovery Center
867 Ramon Ave, Grover Beach, CA | (805) 782-8530
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm | MUST CHECK IN at front office
Map & Directions
Accepts computers, laptops, monitors and other office electronics, which are repaired and donated to school-age children, families and others who are in need of a computer with limited means to purchase a new one.

NCI Affiliates, Inc.
1625 Commerce Way, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 434-3811
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm
Map & Directions
Accepts computers, monitors, keyboards and other electronics. Pick-up available for a fee.

Trash Bin

Never Throw in the Trash

Computer monitors, including cathode ray tube (CRT), LCD and plasma, are considered hazardous waste. Never throw computer or television monitors in the trash, as they can leach lead and other toxic chemicals into the environment.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Staples' Take Back Program

Staples offers free, in-store recycling for your unwanted electronics, including desktop computers, tablets, monitors, printers and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples.


Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program

Best Buy will take back monitors and many other home electronics for free; they also offer a buy back program for more desired electronics. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Find the nearest store.


Apple Store Gift Card

Apple runs a reuse and recycling program for unwanted iPhones, iPads, Mac or PC computers and displays. Depending on the condition of your electronics, Apple can give you credit if they have monetary value. Find out more.


Microsoft Trade-In and Recycling Program

Trade in old devices, game consoles or games for Microsoft store credit or cash.

Did You Know?

The Problem of E-Waste

E-waste is a dangerous business in India and China, where e-waste recycling plants release toxic chemicals into the air and cause health problems for recycling workers. To learn more about e-waste, check out The Story of Stuff Project.

Less than a Fifth of the World's E-Waste is Recycled

In 2019, the world generated a staggering 53.6 million tons of e-waste. Yet only roughly 17 percent was collected and recycled through e-waste recycling programs — resulting in a loss of gold, silver, copper, platinum, and other high-value materials estimated at more than $57 billion dollars.