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Getting Rid of Old TVs

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TVs contain materials that are harmful to the environment and need to be disposed of properly. It can be difficult and expensive to get rid of them. This is a guide about getting rid of old TVs.
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September 27, 2011

TV repair shops will receive old TVs for recycling and reusing. Perhaps you've seen those businesses highlighted on TV shows, who hire workers to take the televisions apart piece by piece. They retrieve the copper and other metals, divide up the computer boards, plastic housing, and other parts for large buyers and huge recycling centers. See the work that Waste Management and like companies do all over the world.

By 'Miss' Bonnie from Denver, CO

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September 23, 2011

Check with your City Hall. Our city has a site to bring old electronics (TVs, computers, etc) once or twice a year for free. The rest of the time they charge a fee. Our dump also has two free days a year to clean up things that will not fit into household trash cans. Otherwise they also charge a fee.

Just so you are aware, some stores now charge you a fee to dispose of the new electronics that you buy them. We were charged $7.00. It doesn't seem right, but I guess some people will dump their junk along the roadside, and the taxpayers have to pay to clean it up.

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By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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November 21, 2010

I would like to know what to do with old TVs? We've accumulated several TVs over the years. They still work fine. Can someone offer a suggestion as to what to do with them? I've tried to give them away and no one wants them. Any advice would be most appreciated. Happy Holidays everyone!

By Maggie from Woodbridge, VA

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November 21, 20100 found this helpful

I would call my township or municipality and ask if they will be having a "free recycling day" where you could bring (or have picked up) TVs. Or call your trash hauler and find out their policy on taking televisions.

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If you can get them to the curb a day or two before pick-up, you could put a "free" notice, or a "curb alert" on craigslist to let anyone know if they want it.

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November 21, 20100 found this helpful

Our town doesn't accept old electronics in with the trash but it holds an electronics recycling day twice a year. Great for getting rid of old TVs, dead computers and such. See if your town has something similar. Call your town hall or ask your trash collector.

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November 21, 20100 found this helpful

Have you offered them for free on the local recycling in your area? Or on craigslist? I know many folks getting out on their own would love to have one for free! Young kids starting out, college students, etc, perhaps offering one at a time. If not, take it to the Salvation Army. They accept them, and will either give them away or sell inexpensively! Good luck!

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November 21, 20100 found this helpful

It's sad, but too many people today don't want the older, tube style TV's even if they are free. The new flat screens are what they want. Of course there are plenty of exceptions, but it's much harder to find the ones that will accept the older sets.

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Here's a short list of suggested places to call and ask if they would be able to use an older style TV as a donation:

Emergency shelters
Womens' crisis centers
Non profit youth centers
Non profit community centers
Church community centers
Rest/Nursing homes
Halfway and/or other group living houses

I really hate to see things in good working condition thrown out merely because they are old . . . but when you can't find anyone who wants it for free then there is no other option. (Sigh) Good Luck!

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November 22, 20100 found this helpful

When we want to get rid of an item that still works, we just put it in the front yard with a "free" sign on it. Or the sign could say "free - works fine." The item is usually gone by the next day.

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November 22, 20100 found this helpful

Doesn't your town have a survival center for people who have been homeless and now have a place but no furniture?

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November 22, 20100 found this helpful

I am not positive but as long as they work I think Salvation Army will take them (even pick them up) and Goodwill in my area definitely takes them as long as you drop them off at one of their collection centers.

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November 22, 20100 found this helpful

Post them on www.freecycle.org
Goodwill here won't take any tvs,but Salvation Army does. Some of the other 2nd hand stores will too,so try looking in the yellow pages under 'thrift store'. Do as others suggested & call around to the places they listed

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Put it out early on the day before trash collection, with a sign that says 'free,works!'. We don't even have to put a sign on things,if we put them out while it's light outside ,it's usually gone right after it gets dark. I guess nobody wants to take it during daylight. LOL!

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May 2, 20120 found this helpful

Wow. To see this, that people have so much trouble getting rid of their old TVs really surprises me. I actually go around town in my pickup on trash night looking for old TVs. The ones that work, I resell.

Some don't work but are an easy fix so I fix them and resell too. Some don't work at all. Those are the ones I dismantle. I take out the tin and copper from the insides. When I have a lot of it, I take it to the recycling center for a little extra cash. I've also actually used parts of old TVs for crafts. Once I used the frame of a tv to frame some art. If I see them in the trash or advertised for free on my local craigslist, I will take it. I'm in the Thumb area of Michigan.

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June 16, 20170 found this helpful

Goodwill in Keller,Texas will not take old working tvs.

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September 21, 20170 found this helpful

I resent the statement about the Salvation Army. When you deliberately donate broken items it cost them to take them to the dump. Only to keep yourself from having to pay for it out of your pocket.

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