But What Do I Do With My Old TV?

Posted: July 04, 2019 by Stephanie Thibodeau

What to do with your stuff – that’s one of the biggest issues when moving. It’s amazing how quickly you can gather belongings when you solemnly promised not to the LAST time you moved! Electronics are always the most difficult items to dispose of – that and anything that you can’t just toss in the trash.

Desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, and any components of such devices may no longer be disposed in Pennsylvania with municipal waste. All of these devices are required to be properly recycled.

Electronic equipment contains metals that, if not properly managed or contained, can become hazardous wastes:

  • Cadmium - The largest source of cadmium in municipal waste is rechargeable nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries.
  • Lead - Old monitors and televisions contain a cathode ray tube (CRT) that contain leaded glass. CRTs are the largest source of lead in municipal waste.
  • Mercury - Some electronic equipment also contains recoverable quantities of mercury.

Electronics may also contain other materials such as hexavalent chromium, brominated fire retardants, lithium, and phosphorous coatings that, if improperly disposed, can pose a threat to human health and the environment.

Wasn’t it easier to find placed to take my electronics in the past? YES! But the State of Pennsylvania decided that organizations could not charge you to accept electronic recycling. With not profit in it – companies and townships simply decided it’s not worth it to accept your e-trash!

Many Townships, and very often school districts, have yearly recycling opportunities. Check your township and school district websites for more information.

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