Television removal and recycling

Getting rid of an old television can be a bit of a hassle. Much like with other electronics, TVs can’t be simply left curbside with other trash and recycling. Instead, TVs need to be recycled as e-waste which can be done by taking it to an electronics recycling facility yourself or by using junk removal services found right here on JunkGator.

JunkGator is your ideal partner for finding reputable, quick no-contact junk removal services all across the United States. Our junk hauler partners can help with house cleanouts, office cleanouts, bulky item removals, and of course, television disposal.

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How to get rid of an old television

It’s estimated that around 122 million households in the United States owned a TV set in 2021-2022, and the rate of TV ownership continues to plummet as more and more households are opting for internet-connected devices instead. This means that many homeowners are getting rid of older TV sets altogether, or are replacing older models with newer, smart TVs.

This poses a problem in terms of disposal, however. TVs are considered hazardous waste due to the materials used to make them. Old ‘tube’ TVs of yesterdecade used cathode ray tubes (CRT) which are considered hazardous waste, but newer models also include many rare earth metals that make them dangerous to the environment when left as waste. For this reason, TVs are considered to be hazardous electronic waste (e-waste) and you’ll need to dispose of them at an appropriate recycling center or have a junk hauler near you dispose of your TV set.

Television removal and disposal services near you

Whether you’ve just purchased a brand-new flat screen television to replace an older model or perhaps your old TV has seen better days and no longer works properly, you’ll need to find a quick and cost-effective way to get rid of it. If it still works, you could always give it to family or friends if you like, but if it doesn’t work then you might want to consider having it picked up by local, genuine junk haulers.

Junk haulers listed on JunkGator can provide same-day junk pick up services for all sorts of TV sets, including old fashioned tube TVs, plasma TVs, LCD TVs, console TVs, LED TVs, OLED TVs, rear projection TVs, 3D TVs to smart TVs, flatscreen TVs, HD TVs, as well as other related electronics like VHS players, DVD players, Blu-Ray players, and yes, Betamax players if you happen to have them in your home.

Our junk haulers can also haul away living room furniture and home theater equipment like coffee tables, couches, sofas, subwoofers, stereo systems, cables, and more.

Frequently asked questions about television removal

Can I throw away an unwanted LED TV?

No, you should not leave your LED TV at the curbside for trash pickup. As an electronic device, an LED TV should be either donated or recycled at a municipal recycling facility that accepts electronic waste (e-waste). Many of the components in an LED TV can leach into ground soil and pollute the environment.

Who would be willing to pick up a TV that doesn’t work?

Many charitable organizations across the United States will accept old TVs if they can be refurbished and donated or resold. If your old TV doesn’t work at all, it’s normally best to dispose of it at a municipal recycling center near you.

Can I throw away old electronics?

No, old electronics should not be discarded with your household trash at the curbside. Electronics like TV sets are considered by the EPA to be e-waste and should always be reused or recycled in order to prevent environmental damage from many of the rare earth minerals and toxic contaminants found in many electronic components.

How can I get rid of an old TV?

The best ways to get rid of an old TV, provided that it still works, are to give it to friends or family or to donate it to a charitable organization like the Salvation Army or Goodwill, for example. If it doesn’t work, then you should take it to a recycling center or contact a reputable junk hauler near you.

Why is it hard to get rid of an old TV?

Although TVs are a common item held in most American households, disposing of an old TV can be a challenge. Older CRT television sets contain hazardous materials and newer TV sets also contain rare earth metals that can leach into groundsoils and ground water, polluting the environment. Since TVs are considered to be e-waste, it is essential that you dispose of your TV in an eco-friendly manner.

Why are TVs considered to be hazardous waste?

Televisions are considered by the EPA to be a form of hazardous waste because of the materials contained therein. Older TVs using CRT technology often contain lead in substantial quantities, whereas older LCD TVs made before 2009 often contain mercury, which are hazardous waste. Newer TVs still contain trace quantities of toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium, so no matter the age of your TV, you must ensure that it is disposed of appropriately.

Eco-friendly television recycling and disposal services

Need that old TV set gone today, not tomorrow? JunkGator is your number one choice for connecting with genuine local junk haulers in your city and county, anywhere across the United States. Our reliable junk haulers provide no-obligation quotes for junk removal, including television recyling and other electronics in your home or office. Take advantage of the affordable, convenient services our junk haulers offer.


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If you’re swapping out an older TV for a brand new flatscreen model or you simply want to get rid of your old TV, you’ll still need to figure out how to dispose of it in a responsible manner. Since TVs are a type of e-waste that pose a significant threat to the environment, they cannot be left curbside with the rest of your trash and garbage for collection.

Instead, you’ll need to get rid of your TV by taking it to an e-waste processing facility such as a recycling center. The fastest and easiest way to get rid of your TV is to contact a reputable junk hauler near you by using JunkGator. Our junk removal experts can haul away TVs and other forms of e-waste such as laptops, computers, printers, tablets and more.