The holidays are over and we’re all charged up, trying to enjoy life to the fullest, save money, learn something new, and get organized! Out with the old and in with the new, even when it comes to TVs! Something that consistently gets overlooked is properly discarding old televisions. As new TVs are brought into homes, especially throughout the holiday season, residents need to get rid of their old ones. We can watch our shows and movies on bigger screens with more clarity and brighter colors than ever before, but there’s still an estimated 6 billion pounds of old TVs in U.S households according to an analysis by the National Center for Electronics Recycling.
Thinking about throwing out that old TV? Not so fast! Often people don’t realize that it’s illegal to dump their unwanted TVs and other electronics, or leave them on the curb. Curbside garbage collectors will no longer pick them up and if you don’t want to pay a hefty $100 fine, don’t trash your e-scrap! Take it to a certified electronics recycler. Not only will you avoid fines, you’ll be saving the environment and people! Here’s why…
Old tube televisions called CRT TVs have a high concentration of lead and phosphors and heavy metals such as cadmium. The United States Environmental Protection Agency includes discarded CRT monitors in the “hazardous household waste” category. If electronics make their way into landfills, the toxic materials seep into the ground and water causing negative effects on the environment and the health of people including damage to the nervous system, kidneys, bones, reproductive and endocrine system, and cancer. E-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but equals 70% of overall toxic waste.
So there you have it folks! You’re ready to head down the right path. Pick a certified e-recycler nearest you by visiting sustainableelectronics.org/recyclers. Sunnking has residential electronic collection events throughout the upstate NY area throughout the year. You can view the first half of 2018’s schedule at https://www.sunnking.com/consumer-business/events/! Have more e-recycling questions? Feel free to give us a ring anytime at 585-637-8365! We hope you all have been enjoying the new year thus far and continue to make it a great one!