Why it’s Important to Recycle Televisions and Other Electronics

tv and electronics recyclingWhen the useful life of your TV or other electronic equipment runs out, what do you do with it? You can’t simply throw them out, as it’s against the law. But with 438 million electronic devices sold in this country in 2009 alone, twice the amount sold in 1997, there’s got to be somewhere to throw all those old items safely away. The problem of so-called end-of-life (EOL) electronics or e-waste is making big news today. About Money says that 75 percent of old electronics – most of them televisions -- are still just sitting in households across the United States because homeowners don’t know what to do with them. (http://recycling.about.com/od/Glossary/a/E-Waste-And-The-Importance-Of-Electronics-Recycling.htm )

E-Waste
E-waste refers to any equipment that is outdated, such as stereos, computers, televisions and cell phones. You can easily recycle these items but many of these items are still being thrown into the landfills, posing an environment concern. This is due to the fact that e-waste contains not only deposits of precious metals that could be mined, but also has hazardous waste like lead, mercury, and chromium, that could leak out into the earth and cause widespread health risks in the drinking water, for example. An issue still remains, too, regarding the uncontrolled movement of e-waste to other countries where labor is cheap and recycling methods are primitive at best. This leads to even more health concerns due to released toxins.

Television Recycling
TVs in particular are a big concern among many environmental proponents. That’s because they contain dangerous materials that could hurt people and animals. This is particularly true of televisions with cathode ray tubes. When you donate or recycle electronics such as TVs, you’re conserving natural resources and preventing the pollution of the air and water, along with greenhouse gas emissions, says the EPA. (http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm)

How you Can Recycle Your Television
So how do you go about TV recycling? You most likely have several options depending on your community. Many cities and towns hold open recycling days where you can drop off your old electronics at the community dump free of charge. If you miss those days, you can call the town to come and pick up items from your house. There is likely a fine for this service, but it’s not usually more than $25 to $50 depending on the type and size of equipment. You can also donate your old televisions so they can be refurbished and used by another family in need. Other opportunities include corporate buy-back programs, authorized electronics recycler locations, and community wide recycling events. In any event, you can’t throw your old TVs in the trash, as most communities and states have laws against this. Call your town to get a list of certified recyclers who can ensure responsible television recycling.

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