Electronics Disposal ChallengesOkay, so let’s look at a typical scenario. You see a great deal on a new, state-of-the-art TV. And, it’s a great excuse to finally offload that old television. You bring the new one home, and quickly work to set it up. But, you still have to deal with the old electronic disposal. No problem, you’ll just throw it out on the curb. And, to your surprise, it’s still there after trash day.
Low commodities prices around the world are making life difficult for electronics recyclers, especially those struggling to get rid of toxic materials from obsolete television sets. The result: Old TVs being dumped in the trash or on the side of the road and e-recycling companies improperly disposing of them, including a company caught last year burying old TVs and other electronics devices in a 10-foot-deep hole in a field. And that is bad news for the environment. —NBC NewsAt first you just think it got missed and the next trash pick up day, it will disappear. But no. It’s still right there. That old TV still works, so you think you’ll just take it to the nearest charity collection and that will take care of it. However, it’s refused. What gives? The answer is that it contains hazardous materials. And, there’s simply no market for an old TV.
Television Junking in OldsmarIf you have an old TV, whether it’s plasma, a big box unit, or something else, you’ll quickly discover that there are few places to take it — if any. Here are some helpful old television junking options you can try:
- Sell it. If that old TV still works but you just don’t have the space, you can sell it. Host a garage sale or sell it online. Whichever way you go, be sure to price it cheap and stipulate the buyer must pick it up. You’ll likely find a taker sooner or later. Plus, you can put that bit of cash toward an upgrade.
- Donate it. Another option for getting rid of an old television is to donate it to a local charity. A church, a school, a shelter, just ask around and you’ll probably find a place that will welcome it.
- Recycle it. Cities and other municipalities occasionally hold e-cycling events or recycling events and accept old televisions and other electronics. While you might have to pay a small fee, you’ll at least be free of it.
- Give it away. You can also just give it away to someone you know or a friend of a friend. Here again, ask around and post it on social media to offload it.