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Recycle Your Old/Broken TV

Everyone wants to get their hands on the latest and greatest technology when it comes to televisions. Of course, every time you upgrade your TV, you have to get rid of the old one. Getting rid of an old TV can be a bit difficult, especially if it’s a older model, or doesn't work.

You should never throw an old TV in the landfill. TV's contain harmful chemicals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which must be disposed of carefully.

So How do you dispose of an old or broken TV?

You have a few options when it comes to disposing of an old TV responsibly.  Don't forget to delete your Hulu, Netflix, and other accounts if the TV is still operational.

  • Donate your TV. There are many local charities that accept televisions that still work. 

  • Return it to the manufacturer. Some companies offer to take old TVs back and recycle or refurbish them. Contact the manufacturer to see if your TV is eligible for this service. 

  • Sell it. If your TV still works and isn’t too old, you may be able to sell it to someone else.

  • Give it away for free. Again, if your TV still works, you may be able to find someone to come pick it up for free. Try listing it on Facebook Marketplace, or websites like offerup.

  • Try your local TV repair shop. They may take in a broken TV to use for spare parts.

  • Take it to a recycling facility. Below are a few local companies that will recycle your old electronics.


  1. Dell Reconnect is a partnership with Goodwill that accepts any brand of computer as well as “just about anything that can be connected to a computer,” according to the website. You can drop off used devices at participating Goodwill locations around the country.

  2. Best Buy offers recycling options for a wide range of electronics, no matter where you bought them.

  3. Securis, CVWMA's electronics recycling event vendor now has a facility in Richmond located at 8419 Glazebrook Avenue (near Staples Mill and Hermitage Roads). They they will host events on the first Saturday of every month from 10 am- 2 pm to collect ewaste.




We love our planet, right? Then let’s stop trashing it.

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Why Donate or Recycle Electronics?

Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.

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