What Makes Electronic Waste Disposal so DifficultNow, if you haven’t yet experienced trying to get rid of a TV, you’re in for a rude surprise. Yes, it seems like it’s an easy thing to do but that isn’t the case at all. Okay, the reasons why are easy to understand. One reason is that TVs contain a whole host of hazardous materials. Another reason is the very fact that it isn’t new — it’s used (and old).
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. —U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyThen, there’s the matter of demand. Since it’s both used and old technology, there simply is relatively no market for it. And, because it contains hazardous materials, there is a recycling disposal fee attached to it. All of this, not to mention the fact that it’s not able to handle the latest high definition.
TV Disposal in Punta GordaBecause it’s something you have to deal with in one way or another, you can try one or more of these helpful TV disposal options:
- 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. Which ever 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.