Why Old Television Disposal is DifficultOld television disposal is made harder because most charities won’t even accept these electronics. Basically, charities do not want to incur the disposal fee. And, many are skeptical about these electronic devices simply because they aren’t in demand. In other words, it’s not easy to get rid of an old TV, even if it works perfectly fine.
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials. —EPA.govAs mentioned previously, this is because of the many hazard materials found inside. These include, but are not limited to: lead, mercury, cadmium, leaded glass, copper, flame retardants, beryllium, and bisphenol-A. That’s plenty enough reason for most places not to accept old TVs.
Old Television Disposal OptionsBut, this certainly doesn’t mean you’re outright stuck with an old television. There are things you can do. Here are some helpful old television disposal options you can use:
- Repair it. While this might not be your first choice it’s a good idea because you could probably find future use for it. And, it’s a great way to have a backup or use it in a guest room. Although it costs a bit of money, you’ll still get much more use out of it.
- Part it out Another option is to sell its parts individually. Even if you’re not particularly handy with electronics, there are others who do have such skills. Just advertise it locally and see what response you get.
- Give it away. You can also give that old TV to a local charity or school. If it’s in working condition, there are plenty of places which will accept this electronic as a gift. After all, it’s worthwhile to give it a try.
- Repurpose it. If you are creative enough and have some tools, you can always repurpose it. One example is to turn it into an image and/or video media center. Family photos and videos can loop. Or, you might use the chassis as a storage area.
- Junk it outright. In most instances, it’s better to just junk that old television. You can call a local service to pick it up and take it off your hands once and for all.