How to Recycle a Flat Screen TV

With March Madness in full swing and football season just around the corner, you may be considering an upgrade for your TV. Whatever the reason, shopping for a new TV is easy and fun. However, do you know how to recycle your old flat screen tv?

If your TV is still working, you can donate or sell it. Schools, public libraries, and local donation centers can give your TV a second life without contributing to the world’s growing e-waste problem. Selling your TV is also an option. Whether you include it in a yard sale or post it for sale online, it is likely that you could make a little money and extend the life of your TV.

If your TV isn’t working, recycling is the next best option. It is unsafe (and sometimes illegal) to throw old TVs into landfills. Luckily, finding e-waste recycling services is easy.

Why Should You Recycle?

Currently, there are over 347 million metric tons of unrecycled e-waste on Earth. Without recycling, that number will only continue to grow.

The consequences of e-waste are serious. TVs, computers, and phones are not biodegradable, meaning that will continue to accumulate and never go away. They contain hazardous chemicals and heavy metals that contaminate the soil, water, and air. Their pollution contributes to human health problems, climate change, and many other environmental issues.

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In addition to the staggering number of risks, throwing away electronics is a waste of natural resources. It is estimated that one ton of e-waste contains 100 times more gold than gold ore of the same size. Think of the impact recycling could have on the need for mining and the impact reduced mining could have on the planet.

How to Recycle a Flat Screen TV

Generally, televisions cannot be placed in your curbside recycling bin. Recycling LED and plasma screens is a specialized service that requires specific equipment. Other issues may include the availability of electronics recycling facilities near you, health and safety issues, and the cost of recycling.

The first step will be finding a recycler that accepts flat screen TVs. Some retailers and municipalities may accept your TV for a fee. Generally, this type of service costs between $25 and $40 depending on the size of your TV. Another option would include waiting for an e-recycling event held in your community.

The easiest way to find TV recycling services is with Electronics Recycling Finder. Our recycling partners are certified and dependable. Our services protect the environment and our workers. We guarantee responsible management of toxic materials and never export e-waste to developing countries. We also destroy any data your smart TV may have collected with hard drive shredding to keep you safe.

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Once you have found a recycler, schedule a time for pick up or drop off your flat screen. Your TV will be carefully taken apart and the materials will be sorted for disposal, shredding, or recycling.

Recycle Your TV with Electronics Recycling Finder Today

Responsible TV recycling is easy to find with Electronics Recycling Finder. Give us a call at (844) 648-4908 and we will connect you with a recycler near you. You will receive competitive bids to complete your recycling project right away.

We appreciate the time you have taken to learn how to recycle your flat screen TV. Together, we can make positive environmental changes and protect the Earth from e-waste.