Televisions that reach the end of use fall under the category of electronic waste. Electronic waste is any gadget or device that has naturally reached the end of use or has become obsolete due to newer models.
Televisions are not the type of E-waste that gets cycled out as frequently as cell phones, however, historically these have been very difficult materials to dispose of due to their bulky nature.
New York City has a large population and generates approximately 14 million tons of waste each year. Due to recent changes in laws and regulations disposing of electronics like televisions have become much easier.
This article will list all available options to dispose of television in New York City and go over the general problem of mounting electronic wastes in landfills and how the newer regulations by New York State helps alleviate this issue.
How to dispose of television in New York City?
In New York City, you have two primary options to get rid of your old TV, you can either give it to a recycling facility that is accredited by the state, or drop it off at an electronics store that sells your brand of TV.
Donate or sell your television:
When it comes to electronic waste like a television, the best way to dispose of it is to donate it if it’s still functional. We all want to upgrade our lives, but always remember, even if your television is old to you, there will always be someone who would be glad to have it in their homes.
If your old tv works fine, then try selling it online or at a nearby second hand store. If you don’t want to sell it, then you can always donate it to a nearby charity or to anyone you know in your community who’d be glad to have it.
Take Back programs by companies:
In New York City, electronics stores that sell your brand of television are obliged by law to take your television free of charge. Some big electronics stores like Best Buy, Staples, or Goodwill will take tvs of many brands free of charge.
Some companies may even have buyback programs for their tvs. You should check online for any such program for your brand of tv.
Accredited drop-off sites for electronic wastes:
The state of New York has many specified drop off sites inside New York City where you can take your tv to be recycled or to be disposed of. You can find the full list of drop off sites here.
Special pick-up service for anyone living in Staten Island:
If you live in Staten Island you can contact the Department of Sanitation New York (DSNY) to have upto 20 items picked up per appointment. This service is available from Monday to Friday. You can make an appointment from this link.
This service will allow you to get rid of upto 5 televisions per appointment.
Make sure you leave your items on the curbside after 4PM the day before the pickup. You can make an appointment up to 2 weeks in advance.
If you have more than 5 televisions to dispose of, you need to make two appointments.
Pick up from an apartment complex:
If you live in an apartment complex you have the option to give out your electronics to ecycleNYC. This program is also managed by the DSNY. They have 3 options,
- For buildings with 10 or more apartments, you can give your television to the building manager. He/she will keep it secure until it is picked up by municipal workers.
- For 100 or more apartments, the municipality will provide bins where you can throw out your tv. The big bins are around 2’x5.5’x6’. These are large enough for many televisions, if it does not fit, you can contact your building manager.
- For buildings with 250 or more apartments, the municipality will work with the manager and residents to arrange a pickup event on select days.
The city of New York makes disposing of electronic wastes much easier than most other cities. This all a part of their initiative to go zero waste and minimize their waste generation for a more sustainable future. It is estimated that around 68% of the waste generated now goes into curbside recycling bins or organic bins set up around the city.
Do not throw your television into the garbage:
In 2015, the state of New York banned disposal of electronic waste into general garbage. You will be fined $100 if you break this rule.
Televisions like many electronic wastes contain a great deal of heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arseni. When these are thrown into landfills they leach into the soil and contaminate groundwater and affect the nearby ecosystem.
These metals bioaccumulate and eventually enter our food chain and cause developmental and neurological issues in us. It is extremely important to keep these items out of landfills for our health.
Besides having toxic metals, televisions have many recyclable parts which are wasted if they are thrown into landfills. To reuse and recycle precious parts of the tv, it should be disposed of properly.
Curbside recycling does not accept electronic wastes:
The general curbside recycling program does not recycle electronics like televisions. Please do not drop your tv off at these sites. These will likely be thrown out into the landfills and there is a chance you will get fined.
This article lists all available options to dispose of a television in New York City and goes over a general problem of mounting electronic wastes in landfills and how the newer regulations by New York State helps alleviate this issue.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to Dispose of Televisions in New York City
Can I dispose of old TV in New York for free?
Yes, you can. You can drop it off at a recycling center near your area, you can drop it off at an electronics store that sells your TV, or if you live in a large apartment complex with 10 or more apartments, you can have it picked up by municipal workers.
How do I throw away a TV?
You have to drop it off at a recycling center or have it be picked up by the municipality. You cannot throw a TV into the trash in NYC.
How do I dispose of a TV box in New York City?
TV boxes are made of cardboard so you can fold it and place it at curbside recycling for pickup.
Who will pick up my TV for free?
The New York City municipality has multiple pick up options available depending on where you live. ecycleNYC has pick up services available you can check out.
What can you do with a broken TV?
You can drop it off at your nearest Best Buy or if you live in a large apartment complex, the municipality already has a pick-up service you can take advantage of.
Will Walmart take your old TV?
Many outlets across the nation now accept Samsung TVs, some accept any TV that has been sold by Walmart.
Does Best Buy take old TVs?
Yes, it does. In New York City Electronics dealers are legally obliged to accept old electronics like televisions from customers free of cost. You can drop off your television at your nearest Best Buy anytime.
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