Asked by Anonymous
I can not find a city approved source for recycling old TV's - I know there are hazardous materials in them in the tube types- but what is valuable inside the guts of a television case?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best option for recycling old electronics is to donate them. However, since the switch to digital broadcasting, many charitable organizations have stopped accepting analog televisions. Be sure to check with an organization before you drop off an old TV.
If you want to dispose of the TV, try these options:
- The EPA has a list of recycling programs offered by some television manufacturers and retailers.
- Some states and cities also have recycling programs. Search for local options.
Old televisions contain valuable lead, copper, steel, and aluminum that can be recovered through recycling. Recycling TVs helps to conserve natural resources and energy, reduce landfill use, and reduce pollution resulting from the extraction and processing of raw materials from the earth.