How to Recycle Your Old Analog Television Set and Other Electronics

The anticipated broadcasting switch from analog to digital is finally here.

Though you can request coupons from the Federal Government to use toward the purchase of a digital converter box, many people are choosing to purchase a beautiful new high-definition digital television (HDTV). However, this means millions of old analog televisions may end up in the landfill.

Here’s how to get rid of your old TV and other household electronics in an eco-friendly way.

Why Recycle My Old TV and Household Electronics?

The very worst thing you can do with your old analog television and other electronics is toss them in the dumpster.

Older TVs have that heavy lead shielding around the CRT to protect you from radiation when you’re watching TV. But when that TV goes to the landfill, the lead (known to cause nervous system damage) leaches out into the environment.

Other electronics contain toxins such as mercury, barium, chromium and cadmium which can leach out into the environment if improperly disposed.

For these reasons, many states and municipalities have banned the dumping of televisions into landfills. This is where recycling comes into play.

How to Recycle Your Old TV and Electronics:

The quickest and easiest way to find locations that will accept your used TV and other household electronics for recycling is

From the top menu on the home page, select Electronics.The electronics recycling page displays.
In the Find Recycling Centers For field, type tv.
In the Near field, enter your zip code.
Click Search. A list of organizations and retailers where you can recycle your old analog TV displays.

How to Recycle Your Old TV and Electronics: Telecommunications Industry Association’s E-cycling Central

TIA’s E-cycling Central allows you to click on your state to see electronics recycling events and locations where you can drop off your old analog TV and other electronics.

How to Recycle Your Old TV and Electronics: Consumer Electronic Association’s is a great resource for locating a place to drop off your old analog TV and other electronics.

From the myGreenElectronics home page, enter your zip code into the Find Recycling field on the left-hand side of the page and click GO to view a list of organizations who may recycle your used analog TV. Call first to make sure the business accepts used televisions for recycling.

How to Recycle Your Old TV and Electronics:

Though it’s geared mainly toward businesses, provides valuable information on where to recycle TVs and electronics. From the home page, click Reuse & Recycle. On the Reuse and Recycling page, click your state to find recycling centers that accept used TVs and electronics.

How to Recycle Your Old TV and Electronics: Goodwill Industries International

You can donate your used analog TV or other used electronics to Goodwill, provided they are in good working order.

From Goodwill’s website: “Some local Goodwills train workers to refurbish and de-manufacture equipment and resell systems and components, thereby avoiding high disposal costs. Contact your local Goodwill to find out what types of electronic equipment may be donated.”

How to Recycle Your Old TV and Electronics: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) eCycling

EPA eCycling is a great resource to get you started on your way to recycling your old analog TV and used electronics.

On the EPA’s Where Can I Donate or Recycle My Old Computer and Other Electronic Products? page, you can view a comprehensive list of programs, retailers, and manufacturers that offer recycling services not just for TVs but also for a range of other electronics.

Helpful tips for Recycling Your Old TV and Electronics:

Call the retailer or organization first before hauling your old analog TV over to them.
For the sake of the environment and public health, don’t toss your old analog TV into the trash. Recycle it instead.

Written by Daniel Gansle
Technical Writer, Freelance Writer, and Author of 3 Books: 2012: Day of Reckoning, Your World Your Future and Bible Prophecy, and Rapture Redux.

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Buying Electronics – How to Save Money And Time

Our homes and offices are full of electronics.  We have them everywhere and the consumer who understands how to buy them and get the best prices will be ahead of the game.  Here are some tips on how you can get that best price on the electronics you need:

Save Money by Checking Prices Early and Often:  It is always a good idea to check the pricing on the electronic items you are shopping for early to understand retailer’s pricing.  Many times electronic items come in high and depending on demand retailers drop the prices early.  In addition, it is a good idea to follow up with a retailer on their return policy and price matching policies.  Their prices may drop or you may find the electronic item at a lower price somewhere else.

Save Money Buying Multitasking Electronics:  Many electronic items that multitask usually don’t work as well in their secondary task as a stand-alone model.  However, there are a few multitasking electronic items that should be considered.  All-in-one printers fall into that category.  A printer that not only prints but also scans, copies and faxes are usually reliable.  The number of televisions that have Blu-ray players attached is growing and are usually dependable.  Many digital cameras are now giving the consumer the ability to shoot HD-format video and can be used in a pinch when you don’t have a camcorder. 

Buy Online and Save Money When Possible:  Even in the age of the Internet, many people still buy their electronics at a walk-in store, be it a large chain retailer or electronics store.  However, online retailers who do not need to pay for storefront overhead will consistently beat walk-in retailers when it comes to price.  Many offer reduced or free shipping with very good return policies.

Read the Small Print to Save Money:  Price should not be the only reason to buy from a particular retailer when shopping for your electronics.  Pay close attention to the retailer’s return policies.  Some have a certain number of days to return the electronic item; others make some electronic items non-returnable.  Computers usually fall into this category but cameras, televisions, and camcorders could be classified as non-returnable as well.  Some retailers will charge you a restocking fee that could be as much as 25 percent of the purchase price of the electronic item.

Save Money on the Extended Warranties:  Most retailers will try to pitch to you an extended warranty for your electronics purchase.  Extended warranties are unnecessary for most electronic items.  Most electronic brands will not need repairing in that first year and most repair bills will be about the cost of the warranty.  The only warranty worth purchasing is one for accidental damage to an electronic item you may use on the go.  A laptop or netbook would fall into this category.  In addition, if you purchase your electronic item with a credit card, many of them double the manufactures’ warranty and may offer you other benefits as well.

How to Save More Money:  In the current economy, many electronic retailers are willing to negotiate the price.  Asking for a better price will usually work out more than half the time.  Best way to approach the retailer for a better price is to be direct with them.  Ask them if this is the best price they can offer you.  Tell them you found the same product at a better price online if you are shopping at a walk-in retailer.  Many stores will have a price matching policy as long as you are shopping for the same exact model.  

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