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 However, old televisions quickly become too outdated to be useful, so letting them go is a good option.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?