Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Televisions

1950s television with a female memoji winking. Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Televisions

Today on “Lighten Up” I’m moving away from sentimental items and focusing on televisions and other old electronics.

Televisions have come a long way. I can remember my grandmother’s television that was housed in a giant, 2-feet deep cabinet. Now, televisions can be razor thin and light enough to hang on the wall. In addition to size, televisions have undergone a lot of technological change. As a result of the rapid improvement, combined with decreasing costs, many people have an old television or two tucked away in a spare room, basement, attic, or crawlspace. In our minds, these devices were a big investment, so we are hesitant to get rid of them. However, old televisions quickly become too outdated to be useful, so letting them go is a good option.

The first question to ask yourself when getting rid of a television is how old is it? Televisions that are under five years old can often be donated to a charity such as the Salvation Army.

Televisions that are older than five years fall into the category of “e-waste,” along with computers, monitors, and printers. These devices contain a variety of materials, some of which are hazardous to the environment. As a result, they should not simply be dumped into the trash.

For my local readers, an e-waste recycling law was enacted in July of 2007 which allows Connecticut residents to properly recycle certain covered electronic devices (CEDs) for free. This law requires municipalities to provide a free drop-off location for their residents to recycle CED’s. You can find your local drop-off location at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website.

If you live outside of CT, or just want another option, consider taking your item to your local Best Buy. Best Buy accepts and recycles a variety of electronics, and at most locations you can recycle up to three items per day. Check out this link to get more details.

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Old televisions (and other “e-waste”) take up a lot of space and add little value. If you’ve been holding onto one thinking that someone you know wants it, today is the day to ask that person and find out one way or the other. Properly clearing out things like this frees up a lot of space and is good for the environment.

Do you have an old television? Might you even have more than one?

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4 thoughts on “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Televisions”

  1. Well I agree it’s hard to just get rid of a television. Sometimes we keep them because we know how to use them and new ones are intimidation, but once the new one arrives I agree that action must be taken. I currently don’t know where to dispose of them but I will find out. The best buy suggestion is a good one. I willcheck thee firt. Thanks for the help.


  2. Oh, I feel this! At the beginning of the pandemic, I had THREE unused big-box TVs in my apartment, and they were OLD. I originally had two, one in the living room and one in the bedroom. When the one in the bedroom died, I moved the one from the living room to the bedroom, and eventually bought a new (flat-screen) TV. But, with good intentions, a friend GAVE me another big-box TV. However, around the time I got the flat-screen, I decided I wanted to go screen-free in the bedroom and got rid of my cable box for that room, reducing my monthly cost. However, getting late-80s/early 90s box TVs down a flight of stairs and across a parking lot to a car (when I couldn’t even fully wrap my arms around the TVs) was a no-go. Luckily, during the pandemic, we had a new company move here from Pennsylvania that focuses solely on recycling e-waste. Two lovely guys showed up in a cool van, took the three TVs (and some other e-waste) away, and it cost me nothing except the few minutes to arrange their visit. Normally, they recycle everything for free, but because they are charged to recycle big-box TVs, they had a small fee for the consumer. However, it turns out that gamers who like playing classic games can hook up the old games to the old TVs, so there’s a market where there wasn’t one before! Win-win! So, I guess another option for getting rid of those 30-year-old TVs is to advertise their availability to the gamer community. Offer them for free if they’ll come pick them up (or ask them to make a donation to your favorite charity).
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    1. Well that is a totally cool idea that I never would have thought of! I would have assumed you needed the newer TVs to play games. I learn something every day – thanks for sharing! (I also am screen-free in the bedroom. I love it this way!)

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