We recently got a new TV out of absolute necessity as the picture on our 7 year old screen went completely kaput. Selling it is not an option since it is no longer working at all. So I have been exploring what alternatives are available so that it doesn’t ultimately take up space in the landfill or get shipped to an unethical recycler in another country.
Here are some of the options I’ve found:
1. The Freecycle Network: This is a nonprofit network that connects people who want to give away or find stuff for free in their own town. It’s a great way to reuse object that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. www.freecycle.org
2. eRecycle: It is actually illegal in the state of California to dispose of electronic waste in the regular garbage. This location search helps identify qualified recycling organizations nearby to properly dispose of the out-of-date electronics. www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/Collection/
I would just suggest that you do your own due diligence when choosing a company to determine their commitment to sustainable recycling. R2 and E-Stewards are Responsible Recycling Certifications that confirm the company you choose is dedicated to following regulated recycling standards. There is a zip code search at www.greenspotdropoff.org/.
3. Donate to a thrift store: Many nonprofit organizations will accept donations of televisions and other electronics that whether they are working or not. Contact your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or other charities that accept donations. They may be able to repair or re-purpose the electronics as needed.
4. Recycling Events: The city also holds designated events for the sole purpose of recycling old electronics. Check out the Environmental Services section of your city’s website. For example, here is the schedule for San Diego: www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling/events/reselectronics.shtml
Remember that any electronic no matter how large or small can be recycled and that each action we take to move in a responsible direction has a greater impact that we could know. Happy recycling!