Tip of the Day – Recycle Your Television

Posted on March 27, 2008 by Allie


Do you have an old TV stashed in your closet or basement? What the heck should you do with them?

Old televisions can’t go curbside for garbage pick up. The risk of lead leaching is too great.

Yahoo! Green has some great tips to help you figure out the best way to recycle your old TV:

  • Search through Earth 911‘s database of recycling, disposal, and donation alternatives. Just enter your ZIP code and get a list of options instantly. Need more? Look through the Electronic Industries Alliance list of state-by-state e-cycling resources.
  • Some retailers and manufacturers, like Best Buy and Sony, offer recycling programs. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency‘s list of participating e-cycling companies to find out what’s available in your area.

Check out the rest of the tips and read the full article here.


  1. There’s always Freecycle.

    March 27th, 2008 at 12:47 pm
    Comment by Michelle
  2. If I had an old tv like the one in the picture, I’d make it into a piece of art! Take out the screen and turn it into a diorama!

    March 27th, 2008 at 2:45 pm
    Comment by erikka
  3. Erikka’s comment just reminded me (somewhat tangentally) of when Mac aquariums were all the rage a few years back. I bet you could make a sweet one out of an old TV like the one in the picture.

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:01 pm
    Comment by Aaron
  4. I have an old TV that I use as a TV. Yeah, it takes the sound 15 minutes to warm up and everything in the right hand corner looks green, but I’m going to watch that thing until I can’t.

    Besides, hi-def TVs look silly in 1850′s era cottages.

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:17 pm
    Comment by Noelle
  5. Noelle, I think that’s the best way to deal with an old TV.

    Aaron, I totally want a Mac Aquarium now! I have an old iMac that would be just perfect. I think it might be a little outside my skill set though.

    Erikka, I would LOVE a tv like that one. It’s so cool, isn’t it?

    Michelle, Freecycle is a great idea. Have you ever used it? I love it in concept, but haven’t actually tried it yet.

    March 28th, 2008 at 10:38 pm
    Comment by Allie
  6. when i was a kid my dad took our old tv which was like the one in the picture, took out the electronics and made a desk for me. i used it as a desk till i went to college and now it’s my craft table.

    April 8th, 2008 at 3:18 am
    Comment by julie
  7. Many towns and commmunities will have a day each year or every few months where you can drop off your electronics.

    Nice list,


    August 7th, 2009 at 1:05 am
    Comment by Josh - Computer Recycling Advocate
  8. you can paint it a weird color and still use it.

    February 3rd, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    Comment by pickle

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If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.

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