Things to Do with an Old Television

There are things to do with an old television, though you might find it hard to believe. Here’s the typical scenario: you’re preparing for a kitchen remodel, another home improvement project, or just upgrading to a new TV. You lug this big, heavy, awkward thing out of your home and put it on the curb by your trash bin. After the local trash collection agency makes its routine stop, you go outside, only to find that old television right where you left it. So, you take it to a local charity and are refused. What’s gives? Well, there’s a reason it’s so hard to get rid of an old TV and other electronics.

Things to Do with an Old Television

Consumer electronics often contain toxins such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic. These hazardous materials are what your local trash collection and charities avoid. So, you think you’re stuck with it but still can’t stand the notion of having to keep it. If you try to stuff it at the bottom of your trash bin to conceal its presence, chances are excellent you’ll find it back on the curb because collection crews are generally trained to sort such items out and refuse them.

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

Like what to do with old lawn equipment, you’ll find it’s not a simple task to get an old TV out of your house for good. But, you do have options, you’ve just got to know what these are and what’s available in your area. With a little patience and persistence, you can unload your old television. It’s just not going to be as easy as putting it out with your other household trash or giving it away to a thrift store. Here are some things to do with an old television:

  • Sell it at a yard sale or online. If the television still works, you can usually sell it for cheap, either at a garage sale with other items you no longer want and/or use or you can publish an online ad, selling it for an inexpensive price.
  • Give it away to a family member or friend. Another solution is to give it away to a family member or friend, if it still works well enough. Or, you could give it away to a shelter or to a freshman college student going away.
  • Donate it to a local school. Some schools will accept an old TV even if it isn’t digital or high-definition because it can still support DVD play or VHS play for older media for students, faculty, and other staff.
  • Take it to an e-cycling event. 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. Take the opportunity to recycle other old electronics, as well.

If you need electronics removed from your home or business and don’t want to deal with them yourself, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit AAA Rousse Services. We serve the entire state of Florida and have a crew near you to help you with all your junk removal needs.

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