I just Gotta Tell Ya:
- The EPA estimates that 100 million televisions are dormant, in attics or garages, in homes across the nation.
- Since 2004, the number of TVs entering the waste stream has increased by 14%.
- Close to 24 million units were disposed of last year. That adds up to more than 700,000 tons of e-waste
- Close to 8 pounds of lead are in each TV set-which can leach out in groundwater.
- The BLM estimates it can cost up to $7,000 to clean up a shot-up TV set (your taxpayer dollars)
Where to Recycle
- Earth 911‘s database of recycling, disposal, and donation alternatives. Just enter your ZIP code and get a list of options instantly
- Electronic Industries Alliance list of state-by-state e-cycling resources
- Environmental Protection Agency‘s list of participating e-cycling companies to find out what’s available in your area.
- Local thrift stores to ask if they’ll take your set or know who will.
- Check out Best Buy or other Stores to see if they recycle TVs.
- Check your Local Government- many offer ‘recycle days’ in which you can drop off for free.
Reduce your Environmental Impact by purchasing electronics from companies who have signed the Electronics Recycler’s Pledge of True Stewardship. The Electronics Industries Alliance has also compiled a list of questions you can ask to ensure your old television is handled responsibly.