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Technology marches on, and what was once new and shiny has become old and slow.
Electronic devices are filling up landfills all over the world. It’s become such an issue that this
kind of trash has its own name: E-waste, which stands for electronic waste. CD players,
microwaves, cellphones, DVD players, and more are just piling up. Don’t forget the peripherals,
like computer monitors, keyboards, and modems. One piece of old electronic equipment has
become king of the landfill: the old CRT (cathode ray tube) television.

Maybe you’ve finally upgraded that tube TV to a beautiful flatscreen model; now it’s time to get
rid of your old television. You have a few different options, depending on where you live. Let’s
look at your options for TV disposal and recycling.

Throw It Away

Let’s get this one out of the way first, because throwing your TV away is the worst option. Depending on the state you live in and local recycling laws, it could also be illegal. However, in many states in America, it’s perfectly legal to put out your old TV for curbside pickup by waste disposal services. In some places, you might have to drop off the TV at a waste collection facility or landfill.

Again, this isn’t a great option for the health of the planet. CRT televisions contain elements like lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury. We don’t want this stuff getting into the local water supply, so let’s look at better options.


Donating or selling your unwanted TV (and other electronic items) is a great idea, provided it still works. Reuse is always something you should consider to give your electronic items a second life with someone else. There are a few different ways to go about this:

Thrift Store
You can drop off your old TV at a thrift store, but keep in mind that most thrift stores are already filled with old televisions, VCRs, fax machines, and other obsolete electronic equipment. Just because they will take it doesn’t mean that they want anymore!

Sell It
Selling your old TV is another option. It’s even better that this option might even make you a few bucks. You can sell it at a garage sale, on craigslist, or through a Facebook sales group. However, old TVs aren’t as desirable as some old electronics, like vintage video game consoles. If it doesn’t sell, you can always put it out on the curb with a sign that says “FREE.”

Electronic Recycling

If your area has a local recycling program, contact them to find out if they offer e-waste recycling for unwanted electronic items. More recycling services have added access to electronic recycling in the last decade. Research if your e-waste has to be taken to a drop-off location or if they will come to pick it up. Any old TV is considered hazardous due to the presence of chemicals, much like a refrigerator or a laptop computer.

Your Best Option for Your Old TV

The best option for getting rid of that old TV is to contact the experts at Express Junk Removal. They’re your local go-to junk haulers who will take away any amount of junk you have — it doesn’t matter if it’s one TV or a hundred! Express Junk Removal ensures that your Old TV is taken to a proper electronics recycling facility to be disposed of correctly. It’s a win-win for you and the environment: You save time and help save the planet!

They don’t just take care of electronic waste, either. They can haul away yard waste, tires, furniture, and more! All you have to do is give them a call and tell them what you need to get rid of. Contact Express Junk Removal today for TV disposal and recycling and de-clutter your life!