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Turtle Wings offers monitor recycling of both CRT and LCD monitors. We offer nationwide pick-up for large corporations and government agencies and pick-up for small to mid-sized companies within DC, Maryland or Virginia. We accept mailed-in items or items delivered to our Capitol Heights location.
CRT monitors need to be treated carefully as they contain toxic materials such as cadmium and lead (in the leaded glass) which can contaminate the environment and pose a health risk to untrained personnel. Since 2001, the EPA has encouraged businesses and government agencies to avoid pollution and health risks by ensuring that all CRT monitors are disposed of at a certified facility equipped to recycle electronics.
Our computer monitor disposal process is performed domestically and in full compliance with all state, local and federal regulations. We are an R2 and ISO certified company and have complete downstream documentation on all of our processes.
From our inception in 2005, we have always been aware of the potential hazards associated with CRTs and have processed them domestically. We have always believed in Globally Beneficial Recycling.
In March 2012, the GSA announced that only certified e-waste recyclers may handle end-of-life electronics from federal agencies including electronics which were bought with federal funds by government contractors. The only certifications that the GSA recognizes for electronics recyclers are R2 and eStewards. Turtle Wings is R2 certified.
Electronics purchased with federal funds may not be disposed of through an un-certified recycler nor through landfill nor incineration. Only a certified recycler may handle this material. According to the GSA: “The policy incorporates the use of recyclers certified under R2 and e-Stewards because these third-party standards have already been adopted by the electronics recycling industry as environmentally sound. A recycler must be certified to at least one of the two standards. Certified recyclers are regularly audited by these certification entities to ensure that electronics are processed in a manner that protects public health and the environment.”