How to Dispose of an Old CRT TV (Tube TV Recycling)

A Cathrode Tube TV, CRT TV for short, was an old device that was popularized in the 1960s. But with more people using flatscreens, CRT TVs stopped being widely made by 2010.

Today, recent reports find that there are still 77 million left sitting in people’s homes. Since they’re no longer being used, it’s important to properly dispose of them. These TVs are said to contain four to eight pounds of lead and also toxic phosphor dust.

They also can contain mercury, cadmium, and beryllium. Many states have banned dumping these electronics into landfills.

How to Dispose of CRT TVs?

The first thing the EPA recommends is repairing and reusing CRTs. But if that option isn’t practical, it is possible to recycle them. But whatever you do, don’t throw them out it in the trash or out on the curb.

Additionally, while some suggest you can donate your CRT TV, it may not be as easy to do. Many Goodwill and Salvation Army stores no longer accept CRT TVs because of the toxic materials they contain.

Tube tv on the floor

1. Give your CRT TV to Best Buy

Best Buy accepts Tube TVs smaller than 32″ for recycling. A household can recycle two TVs per day.

Additionally, the company accepts Flat-panel TVs smaller than 50″ as well. Unfortunately for those who live in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, TVs are not accepted for drop off. But you can still see if you can find other electronic stores in the area that have similar recycling programs.

2. Look for an Electronic Recycling center

See if there are any electronic recycling centers in your area that will accept your CRT TV. Be mindful that some won’t accept the TV if it has a broken cathode tube. There are also may be additional fees with recycling a CRT TV.

3. Check if the CRT TV manufacturer has a recycling program

Sony is an example of one manufacturer that has a take back recycling program. The company will take back Sony products and recycle them at their collection sites. Check to see if the TV manufacturer of your CRT TV has a similar recycling program

4. Sell your CRT TV

If the TV is still working, someone might be interested in buying it. You could advertise it on Craigslist, Amazon, E-Bay, Facebook Marketplace, or some other online selling platform. Since the product is old, don’t expect to get much for it.

5. Give away your TV for free

If no one is interested in paying a price for it, then you can try giving away your old TV for free. Chances are, someone’s probably going to be willing to take it off your hands. Whichever of these methods you choose, be sure to do your part in reducing waste on our planet by properly disposing of your old electronics.

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