If you grew up with television in pre-Millennial times or you have grandparents who just won’t get with the times, you have likely seen a CRT television. A cathode ray tube (CRT) TV is typically described as an enormous cube with a smooth, round surface that serves as the monitor or screen. Crack one of them open, however, and you get something that looks like a giant light bulb.
Of course, engineers might scoff at the oversimplification so it might be better to suggest that a light bulb is more like a CRT. Both are vacuum tubes, bulbous in appearance with a distinct pop whenever they are shattered. Production of high-end CRT ended around 2010, leading to the inevitable demise of the CRT TV.
What caused the fall of the CRT TV?
Taking the place of the CRT television is the plasma display or flat screen models. The advent of high-definition or HD programming also led to the demise of the CRT television and its limited palette. With the demand for sharper, clearer picture and richer color, the CRT could not compete and was rendered obsolete by the flat screen models you see today.
Where are all the CRT TVs?
America has made it clear that CRTs are bulky, unwieldy and generally not ideal. However, the CRT television still enjoys circulation in other parts of the world including Asia and the Middle East. Most manufacturers have stopped making these television sets, but distributors like Sony still sell these. CRTs are also recycled.
How do I get rid of my CRT?
Sadly, after decades of service, many CRT TVs find themselves in the local landfill. Finding a decent price for a trade-in or selling it on eBay in the wake of a flat screen proliferation is simply too time-consuming. Not to mention that the reward for your efforts might not be much to write home about.
Another alternative is what was mentioned earlier: recycling.
In January of 2007, a special directive was instituted in order to see to the safe and efficient disposal of electronic waste – especially CRT TVs. Headed up by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, CRT TVs are sorted based on the condition they are acquired. Working models are candidates for reuse and there’s always someone out there willing to take it. If, however, the CRT TV is not in working order, it is properly recycled with unusable parts efficiently disposed of.