8 Ways to Recycle Or Dispose of Television and Electrical Goods Safely For the Environment

We are all conscious of the environment and both the corporate and personal responsibilities for its ongoing protection. With most western countries in the middle / completion of a transition from analogue to digital TV, plus the new 3D revolution, the proper management and disposal of legacy TV’s is a timely topic.So what options are available?Personal Recycling(1) Can you re-use that TV within the family? Second bedroom? Study? Den? Can you take in to the holiday home or shack? How about a relative? An older aunt or uncle who wouldn’t mind a bigger TV? Although not perfect, disposing of a smaller unit instead of a large one is still an improvement!(2) How about at work? Ask around, people may be interested, specially if you are willing to give it away. Whilst you might not like it for a second bedroom a colleague might. Know any young people starting out renting or buying a new home that could use it? Friends? Guys a the gym?(3) Be inventive and creative. Don’t be frightened to ask around, a simple “Does any know someone who might like a TV?” will always get interest!Community(4) There are always options to donate to charity. Some organisations don’t except electronic goods but some do. Use the internet or phone book to ring and ask.(5) If you are part of a religious community ask its leaders. How about the local community school, aged care facility, sports club, community center or shelter? Manufacturer Take-Back Programs(6) A number of manufacturers offer tack-back and recycling programs under a Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) mandate. Some examples include;Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, LG, NEC and eBayDon’t see the brand you need? Give them a call! And don’t forget a number of major retailers also offer their own programs so contact them as well!Recycling Institutions / Organisations(7) If you are still stuck there are a number of organisations who can provide information, advise or even the location and contact of recyclers or those who can dispose of electronics safely, including;Earth911
The Electronic Industries Alliance
The Environmental Protection Agency
e-Stewards.org(8) And remember you can always call your local councilman, mayor, state or federal representative!