What to do with your old TV?

Whether your TV is old or new, it’s important to know that you can’t just throw it out on the curb with the rest of the trash. Like many electronic items, TVs have hazardous materials inside them. Older TVs with Cathode Ray Tubes have four to eight pounds of lead inside, which shouldn’t be thrown in a landfill. (Check out earth911.org for more information.)

Many Americans already have TVs and entertainment utilities that will go through the digital transition seamlessly. Other citizens, with older TVs that are not digital ready will have to decide what to do with their old set. (Visit http://www.wxxi.org/dtv/diagnostic.htm to figure out how the transition will affect you.)

The federal government, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in particular, is pushing consumers with analog TVs and antennae to purchase digital converter boxes to make it through the transition. According to the EPA, the converter box update is environmentally optimal, as opposed to the prospect of thousands of TVs entering the solid waste system.

If you choose to update to a newer “DTV” or “digital tuner” television, you’ll have to get rid of your old analog TV wisely. Donating your old set is good option. As long as TV sets remain functional, they can still receive broadcasts with digital
tuners and converter boxes.

If you decide against donation, recycling is the way to go. While no federal, state or local government entity offers a TV recycling program on a regular basis, the City of Rochester and other local governments will occasionally do bulk pick-ups as a part of their Household Hazardous Waste collection days. To find out when these bulk pick-ups occur, please call 428-5990.

In large part, consumers will have to rely on private businesses to safely recycle their older TVs. Locally, there are a number of organizations that will take your TV (sometimes for a cost), and strip it down to remove all hazardous components. The businesses which offer these services are listed below.

Certified Documents Destruction & Recycling 565 Blossom Road, Suite C Phone: (585)482-9400 Fax: (585)482-6166 PO Box 10279 Rochester, NY 14610 Web site: www.cdd-r.com

Choice Yukon 2060 O’Neil Road, Bld. 4 Macedon, NY 14502 Phone: (585) 672-4106 Fax: (585)-672-4132 E-mail: onechoiceyukonmkt@aol.com Web site: www.1choiceyukon.com

Maven Technologies, LLC 1450 Lyell Ave. Rochester, NY 14606. (585) 458-2460 Fax: (585) 458-2505 Web site: www.maventech.com

Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery 395 Central Avenue Rochester, NY 14605 Phone: (585) 546-6620 7318 Victor Mendon Rd Victor, NY 14564 Phone: (585) 924-3840 Web site: www.rochestercomputer.com

Sunnking Electronics Recycling 4 Owens Road Brockport, NY 14420 Phone: (585) 637-8365 Toll Free: (877) 860-7866 Fax: (585) 637-2282 E-mail: Sunnking@sunnking.com