Posted on: 9 May 2016Share
When it comes time to replace your old television, a natural inclination can be to throw it into the trash to make room for your new plasma. However, this can be very harmful to the environment. It is also quite wasteful, as many times these old televisions still work. Instead of throwing it into the trash, consider some of these alternative disposal options:
Televisions that are still functional can certainly be donated to a charity or to someone who is in need. You could also check with religious organizations, schools, community centers, or retirement homes to see if they could benefit from your old television. If you are active on social media, you can post it on different donation groups in your area. If you are considering taking it to one of the national donation centers for re-sale, call ahead to make sure they accept large electronics.
Sell or Barter
You may want to consider selling the television if it is in really good condition. This is especially ideal if you are simply upgrading from your modern television to a larger one. You can place a classified ad in your local paper or post it on local yard sale groups on social media.
If you do not want to be bothered with making a sale, you may be able to barter your television for other goods or services that you need. You can post your television on different social media sites offering to trade it for any number of items, such as lawn work, furniture, another electronic item, and so on. This is a great way to get something you need while keeping a television out of the trash.
Televisions that are past their prime can fall into the category of e-waste. E-waste is another term for old electronics that need to be disposed of differently than other forms of trash. Televisions contain some dangerous chemicals, including lead and mercury, that can leak into the ground in a traditional landfill.
Check in your community to see if there is an e-waste recycling program where you can drop off your old television. You can call your municipality to see if these services are available. If there are none in your immediate area, there may be some in nearby communities that are willing to pick up your e-waste on a specific date.
When you are checking into e-waste recycling, make sure your television will qualify for the program in your area. Some programs will not accept items from homes. Others may restrict their programs to certain types of items. Make sure they know you wish to recycle a television so that they can let you know whether or not they will accept it.
Disposing of a television properly is one step in the right direction for the environment. Be sure to choose a reputable recycling service if you decide to go that route.
For information on garbage removal options, contact a company like Mountain Waste & Recycling.