I was bumming through my Reader and in Scalzi's comments I found the most wondrous site: a free recyling program through Costco for electronics. There is also a trade-in valuation, but really, for me, the most important thing is to find a place which will take items such as old computer monitors and recycle them for free. Thank you Costco, and thank you David for posting this on Whatever. I have paid to recycle these in the past, and also kept them in perma-storage because I could not think what to do with them to keep the toxic heavy metal components out of the waste stream.
This is for the US, but I think it's a wonderful resource to share with everyone, so spread the word!