April marks my two year anniversary of no TV. I miss watching movies, but the reality is, I don’t miss the TV. My electrical bill is smaller, I get more things done and I read more (FREE from the library) My old TV is sitting in the garage collecting dust and I can’t decide exactly what to do with it. Therefore this post!
I just Gotta Tell Ya:
- TV’s are banned from landfills
- Contain 8 lbs of lead
- Only 18% of the TVs were recycled
- 45.5 million TVs are sold around the world.
- Americans bought 30 million digital TVs in 2007 alone.
- The average American watches TV 4 1/2 hours/day
- Consumers own a median of 3.5 TV sets, whether in use or gathering dust.
- 3 in 10 consumers that disposed of a TV in the past year threw away their old TVs in the trash.
Where to Recycle
- Electrical Alliance List for a state listing of recycling locations
- EPA for a list of participating recycling locations
- Take Back My TV-Listing of where to recycle, how to recycle and a Report Card of companies efforts in recycling old TV’s.
- In Fort Worth-
- Electronics Recyclers’ Pledge of True Stewardship Work in opposition to toxic trade in toxic wastes, toxic products and toxic technologies, that are exported from rich to poorer countries. Listing of who has signed the pledge as well as a Hall of Shame.
- Greener Choices- Electronics Recycling and Reuse Center– good information on Fixing or Nixing your TV