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10 Ways to Dispose of Your Old Tube TVs

Posted by on August 3, 2020
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When it comes to new TVs, the majority of us want the latest upgraded models, such as high-tech smart TVs. However, when it comes time to upgrade, what do you do with your current TV set?

Unlike new TV models that are lightweight and flat-screened, the old school tube TVs are made from plastic, wood, glass, and electrical components. If you still have any of those older TVs in your home, then you know they are vintage and throwing them away isn’t as easy as some might think.

At Red Bins, we help you get rid of your old TVs, as we are experts in electronic waste disposal in Toronto and the GTA. If you are planning to upgrade your home with a new TV and would like to get rid of your old TVs to free up some space, don’t throw them out on your next garbage pick up. Let’s take a close look at why you can’t throw out old TVs and explore 10 ways to dispose of your old tube TVs the safe way.

Why can’t you throw televisions in the trash?

Old televisions are made from glass, wood, plastic, and metals containing chemicals and electrical components. Therefore, they cannot just be left outside, as these components are toxic materials and can contaminate the environment.

If you throw out old TVs in a landfill, they can cause major damage as these non-organic materials won’t be able to break down and disappear. In other words, old TVs will take up space for years to come and harm the environment.

So, before you toss them out, you should look into these 10 ways to dispose of your old tube TVs according to your city’s guidelines.

Contact Your City Hall

Each city and town have their own rules about picking up old TVs. In large cities, some offer a pick-up service for e-waste disposal. Keep in mind that if your city agrees to pick up your old TVs, you will have to move them out of your house and place them on the curb.

Contact Your Garbage Collection Service

If your city does not offer a pick-up service, contact your garbage collection service and ask if they take old TVs. Depending on your city and region, they might be able to pick it up on a scheduled day. Like your city, if your garbage collection company offers a pick-up service, you will have to haul them out yourself to the curb before the scheduled time.

Check Out a Recycling Facility

If you can’t get the city or garbage collection to pick up your old televisions, find a recycling facility in your city. This is the safest way to handle disposing of old tube TVs because their materials can be repurposed by a recycling facility to add value to other items.

Contact an Electronics Retail Centre

Some electronics retail centres accept used television sets, under the condition that they are in mint condition. First, inquire with them before hauling your TVs in your car trunk. Choose this option only if your old TVs work and there is no damage to the sound and reception.

Donate to a Second-Hand Store

Many second-hand stores, like Value Village, accept donations of working old tube televisions. With vintage shopping on the rise, many people need to save money and don’t mind watching TV on an older model, especially if they can get a deal.

Return it to the Manufacturer

Donating your old TVs to registered charities in Canada is a great way to help your community for a greater cause. Several housing charities would be happy to accept your television donation to place in their rooms. To find the closest charity in your area, check out Canada’s top 100 charities in 2020 by clicking here.

Donate to a Registered Charity

Donating your old TVs to registered charities in Canada is a great way to help your community for a greater cause. There are several housing charities that would be happy to accept your television donation to place in their rooms. To find the closest charity in your area, check out a list of Canada’s top 100 charities in 2020 by clicking here.

Advertise on Classified Sites

Some people prefer old tube TVs over modern ones just because they like how they look. Additionally, they are cheaper to buy than new smart TVs, and they can still be hooked up to satellite and cable boxes. Create an ad on Kijiji stating that you are giving away your old TV to someone willing to come pick it up.

Donate to an Electronics Museum

If your old televisions do not work anymore, but the exterior is still intact and undamaged, then donating it to an electronics museum is a great idea. Museums that feature past communication devices such as radios, TVs, and telephones are happy to receive your donation. Check out the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries + Historic Sites by clicking here.

Call a Junk Removal Service

If you need to get rid of your old TVs quickly, at Red Bins we can handle your electronic waste disposal responsibly. We will come to your home and remove the TVs and guarantee to place it in the right recycling station. If we cannot recycle your old tube televisions, we have additional disposal methods that are safe for the environment.

If you would like to set up a no-obligation estimate to have your old TVs picked up in Toronto and the GTA, call Red Bins at 416-733-2467 or contact us here. We will get back to you within 24–48 hours to give you an estimate.

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