What can I do with an Old Projection TV?The biggest obstacle is finding a place to dispose or recycle the outdated electronic entertainment device. In case you’ve not had the experience, many charities and disposal facilities won’t take certain electronic waste, including old projection TVs. The reason is simple enough, but it’s certainly frustrating. Many electronics are manufactured with components containing lead, mercury, cadmium, leaded glass, copper, flame retardants, beryllium, and bisphenol-A.
A projection TV is a television set that uses a video projector to display its picture. With the projector, the TV is able to cast a much larger image than most standard models, making the TV set into a small-scale cinema screen, which many owners use in their home theaters. A projection TV can be either rear projection, making it function like a standard TV set, or front projection, which works like a movie projector. —Our Everyday Life.comThese components aren’t exactly earth-friendly materials, so that’s why recyclers shy away. That goes double for landfills, so this is why your local trash collection agency just leaves them on the curb day after day. However, if your old projection TV still functions but you want to replace it with a new television, there are options available. Here are a few things you can do with an old projection TV:
- Sell it for parts. There are people and businesses who need various parts to use in like devices. Conduct a search and visit online auction sites to see what’s in demand. Since there are many parts in these devices, you’ll probably be able to sell them in a bundle or a few at a time.
- Donate it. Some charities and other organizations will accept a working projection television. It could be used in a shelter or other place with a tight budget that doesn’t allow the organization to purchase new electronics. Make a few phone calls to find out which might be interested.
- Repurpose it. You can take it apart and with a little work, convert it into a television stand. Some people have remade their projection televisions into completely different pieces, such as aquariums. The base is what most people use to create something else. Like repurposing an old armoire, there are different ideas to go with.
- Repair it for continued use. If you have the skill set, you could repair it and give it a new lease on life. Of course, if your goal is to get rid of it entirely, this won’t be an option. But, you could repair it and sell it cheap.
- Junk it. One of the best options is to junk it. Since recyclers, trash collection, and charities won’t take an old projection TV, you could simply have it hauled away, along with any other junk on your property.