Why you should never leave your TV at the curb.

I see it all the time. Good intentional folks leave their television on the curbside with a sign, ‘Works’, or something to that effect. The problem is, there are inconsiderate scavengers that will destroy the TV for the wires, and circuit board inside. Essentially that will leave you with a broken television on your curb. But that is not the biggest problem. The mess they leave behind, is not JUST a mess. It’s a mess full of poisons and harmful toxins. The CRT television and computer monitors have lead, mercury, beryllium, and cadmium. These toxins seep into the soil and eventually, our water supply.

“There are millions of old CRT televisions tucked away in basements and spare bedrooms across America. In 2015, Americans had around 5 billion pounds worth of CRT TVs in their homes, according to a survey from the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), a pro-recycling nonprofit organization.” -KEITH WAGSTAFF of NBC NEWS

The picture above is a photo I took recently. I will not reveal the location, but it was beside a dumpster behind a local thrift store. What does that tell you? That tells me that donating electronics to thrift stores is not such a great idea. Very few old electronics are desirable. In my opinion (hence Urban E Recycling’s philosophy), it is better to recycle electronics down to the raw materials so they can be used in new products. Do you want a near-end-of-life TV or computer? I certainly don’t. As a business owner, I need to latest and greatest, or at least some up-to-date tools to compete in my industry.

As a reminder, we do not recycle CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) television or monitors. If you live in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, you can dispose of them responsibly for no charge at your local waste management.

For Pinellas:

Solid Waste
3095 114th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

For Hillsborough:

Solid Waste
9805 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33635

Urban E Recycling does recycle most all other electronics. We pick up, shred hard drives for security, certify data destruction and recycle responsibly for no charge. We make our money on the raw materials; the metals from e-waste. We pick up in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. Give us a call: 813-512-6998 for any questions or concerns.

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