In 2011, the U.S. electronics recycling industry processed 3 to 4 million tons of used and end-of-life electronics equipment. More than 70 percent of the collected gadgets can be recycled, recovering items such as plastic, steel, aluminum, copper, gold and silver to be used in new products. According to the EPA, 40%of consumer electronics were recycled in 2013. If you’re disposing of your old TV set, upgrading your flat-screen TV or handling office machines like printers, fax machines, copiers and scanners, check to see if there is a location near you that will recycle them.
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Frequent Large Electronic Recycling Questions
What are large electronics?
Large electronics include CRT TVs, flat screen TVs, large copiers and other large office electronics.
How do I prep a large electronics for disposal or recycling?
In the case of TVs, make sure to safely handle and transport the television to the recycling center, as any damage could cause toxins to be released from the unit. If your device is still working you should check first to see if there is someone you know or a charity organization who can reuse the device. Extending the life of a device is certainly better than disposing of it.
Depending on the model and its condition, you may be able to trade in your older electronics item for credit toward a new one, or receive a tax write-off for donating to a local charity or non-profit like Goodwill.
Do I have to pay to recycle large electronics?
Most e-cyclers accept donations free of charge. Prior to making pick-up or drop-off arrangements, check with your electronics recycler to confirm the material you have on hand requires no fee. If there is a fee it is typically minimal and will often vary based on the size of the device.
Will companies come pick up my old large electronics?
Some recyclers do offer pick-up services, though they may charge a fee for it. Some retailers offer to remove an old or obsolete item with the purchase and installation of a new one from them. Check out your local recycling options, information regarding extra services is provided.
Are there laws surrounding the disposal of large electronics?
State regulatory requirements for e-scrap can be more stringent than the Federal requirements, and vary from state to state.
Recycling your electronics helps ensure many valuable materials like plastic, aluminum, copper and gold do not go to waste. But just as importantly, it is also providing the benefit of keeping some of the less desirable materials found in TV’s and computers such as mercury, lead and other heavy metals out of our natural environment.