How to recycle a TV
With an ever-increasing range of 4K and OLED TVs entering the market, it’s no surprise that the number of older screens that are surplus to the market is increasing. However, it’s vital that you dispose of a television properly. It’s actually illegal to dispose of a television through landfill, due to the nature of the materials that go into making them.
Don’t be tempted to leave a screen outside your house and hope that the local scrap man takes it either: while companies have a responsibility to ensure that there are opportunities for electronic waste to be recycled, it’s up to all of us to protect our planet by disposing of things correctly.
Where there’s a will there’s a WEEE
All companies that sell electronic items are required by law to provide a WEEE-compliant service that allows customers to recycle unwanted devices such as televisions. If you’re buying a television be sure to ask about options for getting rid of your old one. At the very least you should be able to bring a device into the store, but for online orders many companies will offer to collect your old device when they deliver your new screen.
Some companies will go even further. If your old TVs still work, they could be donated to charities in the UK or further afield. Many schools in developing countries rely on equipment donated in the UK, which means that your old TV could be keeping someone entertained for years to come.