How Do I Dispose of Television Sets?

By Irene A. Blake

Manufacturers often construct televisions with toxic materials that can harm people and the environment, such as cadmium, mercury, lead, flame retardants and polyvinyl chloride. As a result, you can’t usually dispose of television sets in landfills. Instead, you must recycle them.

For Sale by Owner

Whether your televisions are working or broken, they still have value. Owners of businesses that typically use more than one TV, such as bars, restaurants and motels, often buy used ones for replacements and parts. Additionally, people buy used televisions all the time for personal use or to give away as gifts. Offer your sets for sale through free local newspaper classifieds and online classifieds websites like eBay Classifieds, Backpage and Craigslist.

Donations Accepted

Community and nonprofit groups with tight budgets usually appreciate receiving used TVs. Make a donation to a local school, recreational center, nonprofit thrift shop or patients in need at local nursing homes. If you can’t dispose of your TVs through direct gift giving, offer them in ads on free stuff websites like FreeWheely, Freecycle and Trash Nothing! and in free stuff groups on sites like Yahoo Groups, Facebook and LinkedIn.

E-Waste Wanted

The waste/trash disposal, management or landfill office in your area should have local recycling recommendations. Additionally, check with repair shops, electronics stores and manufacturers. Many offer e-waste recycling programs in which they clean and resell used televisions or send them to recycling plants where they’re disassembled, the toxic elements disposed of and the raw materials used in the manufacturing of other products.