The digital TV transition takes effect TODAY! Are you ready?
How do I get rid of my old television?
The Larger Issue
- Electronic waste is growing 3 times as fast as other municipal waste! The “digital TV transition” takes effect today, so expect that number to skyrocket.
- In 2007, 30 million new televisions were purchased! Only 12% of those disposed of were recycled.
- About 40% of the lead, mercury and cadmium in landfills come from discarded electronic equipment. It is well documented that over time, this toxic waste will leak back into the ground and the water.
- Over 1,000 materials, including between 4 to 8 pounds of lead, mercury, cadmium and toxic flame retardants can be found in every television. These heavy metals can cause brain and kidney damage and may affect hormonal functions.
Be Part of the Solution
Remember the greenest TV’s are the ones that already exist, so before you dump your old television or electronics, try giving it away! If that’s not an option, try these eco-friendly alternatives instead:
- Give your old electronics to someone via Freecycle , a free website allowing people to recycle unwanted items.
- Donate your unwanted electronics to a thrift store, a church, synagogue or school.
- Recycle your old electronics equipment at any Office Depot or Staples.
- Contact Pinellas County Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 to find where you can drop off your old electronics.
- Again, the greenest televisions are the ones that already exist, so try to buy a used TV before buying new.
- When buying new electronics equipment, make sure to replace with Energy Star products.
- When the “digital TV transition” takes place, you will need a TV converter box if you own an analog TV without cable. Apply for a coupon at https://www.dtv2009.gov/.
- Go to http://takebackmytv.com and ask electronics manufacturers to take back their old televisions.