How To Recycle Televisions
When it can’t be sold or donated and needs to be trashed, recycling is the only option, but how to recycle televisions? The rising popularity of LED, LCD, and plasma screen televisions are leaving many wondering just what to do with that old TV. Because they contain hazardous materials, the EPA mandates that they be recycled through a federally regulated and approved facility. Finding one can be a challenge, but there are a few ways to recycle your TV.
- Ask your garbage man. Many companies that offer disposal services for garbage also offer recycling services. Ask about rates and services--do you need to drop it off or will they pick it up with trash as long as it's separated and marked? If your trash is picked up by the city, check with city offices or a commercial disposal service--usually their contact information is on any of their dumpsters. Find out if they offer recycling of hazardous waste, particularly TVs.
- Contact local TV retailers. They often have information on where they recycle any products that get damaged or they may even have a recycling program in place. If they can't recycle it for you, they usually know where you can. Speak with a manager to get the details.
- Watch for large electronic recycling events. Local schools, libraries and community centers often hold annual or semi-annual electronics recycling events as a way for people to get rid of old computers, TVs and other large pieces that are no longer usable. If you aren’t able to take it to the event, they will at least give you information on where and how to recycle with them, like dropping it off at their central facility.
- Check disposal company websites. It's common for these companies to offer specially made boxes for shipping hazardous materials instead of dropping them off in person. Note that the cost of the box includes not only fees for recycling your bulbs, but also pays for special shipping required to send hazardous materials. Shipping a TV can be expensive, so it isn’t the best choice, but for some, its the only way to ensure proper disposal.