With televisions getting better and less expensive all the time, people are almost always upgrading. If you can’t find someone to buy your old television from you, what do you do? Placing your old televisions on the curb with the rest of your trash is simply not an option in most municipalities, as many trash-collection companies will not pick them up.

This has resulted in the illegal dumping of thousands of televisions in random places. The improper disposal of televisions is a growing environmental concern. To meet the ever-increasing need for responsible television recycling, electronic waste (e-waste) companies have arisen to collect, process, and recycle old televisions in a way that protects soil and water.

Hazardous Materials

The reason that old televisions are considered such a threat to the environment is because of the potentially dangerous materials they contain. Televisions are manufactured using toxic heavy metals such as chromium, lead, cadmium, and mercury. When disposed of improperly, the toxic metals that televisions contain, contaminate landfill soil and potentially contaminate water supplies.

States and municipalities have followed the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passed legislation regarding the responsible handling of e-waste.

CRT Televisions

Often referred to as legacy televisions, cathode ray tube televisions are the traditional large televisions with the picture tube. Rendered virtually obsolete by plasma and eventually LED models, CRT televisions still pose a considerable threat to the environment.

There are millions of CRT monitors and televisions that have been placed in basements and stored in obscure places in homes across America. The large glass tubes that function as the screens were lined with lead. In fact, CRT televisions are classified as solid toxic waste, thus requiring special disposal and processing measures when they have reached the end of their useful life.

Flat Panel Televisions

Television manufacturing gets more efficient all the time, but even modern flat-panel LCD televisions contain hazardous materials that require them to be disposed of properly. Many LCD screens made before 2009 contain mercury, a metal particularly hazardous to humans in vapor form. Even flat-panel televisions made after 2009 contain dangerous materials such as other heavy metals and flame-retardant substances. For these reasons, your LCD televisions must also be disposed of by a legitimate e-waste recycling company. Never assume that an electronic can be simply thrown away just because it is newer.

Recycling Televisions

Since old televisions can contain as much as eight pounds of lead, it is critical that these products be handled with the utmost care. With the rise of e-waste, TV recycling has become a growing concern. The EPA says that only 2 percent of the waste in landfills consists of e-waste, while this waste accounts for as much as 70 percent of the toxins contained in landfills.

Government regulations have been imposed on the disposal of e-waste, and this includes the handling of old televisions. Televisions must be sent to approved recycling facilities, where they are processed according to law. Half of the states in the country have laws that align with the federal guidelines for television recycling. To discard your old television responsibly, you must seek the services of an approved e-waste recycler.

Responsible E-Waste Recycling

When it comes to disposing of e-waste, you are morally obligated to make yourself part of the solution. In our society, there is a time when nearly everyone has to deal with how they are going to get rid of their old electronics. When it comes to television, computers, mobile phones, and other e-waste products, there is no doubt about the potential threat these items pose to the sanctity of our environment.

Get in touch with Newtech Recycling to schedule a pickup for any amount of electronic waste you have accumulated. We will see that it is disposed of safely and according to law. A clean future environment demands it.

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