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Tue Apr, 21

How to Dispose of a TV

Around 2 million televisions are thrown away by the UK public each year, ending up in landfill sites. This is especially destructive when you think about what happens to a TV in landfill. Not only is a TV set non-biodegradable, but many of its components are made from toxic materials that can harm the environment, animals and people working at landfill sites.


Correct TV disposal is important. If you aren’t sure how or where to get rid of old TVs we can help! We have over 25 years of experience in rubbish clearance of all kinds. Find out how to dispose of your TV in this article.

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How do I dispose of an old TV?

Before pondering how do I get rid of an old TV, you should check if it still works. If it does consider selling it on. You can also give away old TVs to charity. If your TV is broken it’ll need to be taken to a waste disposal site or collected by someone qualified to deal with hazardous and specialist waste.

TVs fall into the category of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) waste. This means throwing it in the general waste harms the environment and can put living beings at risk. Instead, it will need to be broken down by professionals into parts that can be disposed of individually or recycled. At TW Service, we are approved to handle WEEE waste, to dispose of old electronics with minimal negative repercussions to the environment.

How to dispose of LCD TV

LCD TV or Smart TV disposal is slightly different to CRT TV disposal (old television sets characterised by a deep back that extends behind the screen). However, you can still request WEEE waste disposal services to take either type of TV off your hands.

Both types of television should be recycled but the process varies due to their different screens. CRT TV screens contain Cathode Ray Tubes which need to be removed and recycled as a special type of glass. The fluorescent tubes in a flat-screen TV need to be removed and recycled separately to the glass components of the rest of the TV.

Where can I recycle my TV?

Did you know that up to 98% of a TV can be recycled? If you need to throw a TV away, recycling is the best way to go.

If you’re wondering ‘where can I take old TVs?’ and you can transport the TV yourself, a recycling centre is a good option. It’s likely your local recycling centre is registered to accept WEEE waste. Find your nearest recycling centre by searching ‘tv recycling near me’ on Google, or call up your local council to find out.

You may need to pay a small fee to recycle old TVs at a skip, however, this isn’t always the case. A search online for ‘free TV recycling near me’ might bring up options that are a litter further away but without the setback of having to pay a price. If you are looking for recycle old TV free pickup services you could be faced with some difficulty. This is generally only available when the company picking up the items is reselling them or their parts, and usually only in commercial cases where multiple TVs are being disposed of.

Can I arrange for someone to collect my old TV?

If moving your TV yourself is difficult you can arrange a TV removal service to take old TV away. When selecting a company to collect your TV you should ensure they are qualified to deal with WEEE waste and therefore operate under fully legal environmental permits to dispose of hazardous waste. Qualified TV collection companies will be able to safely recycle any type of Television set, so Smart TVs through to CRT TV removal should be easy to arrange. The TV disposal service will decide on a time and date with you to collect your TV.

If you’ve recently bought a new TV, it’s worth checking with the company whether they provide a TV delivery and removal service. Some companies offer this convenient type of service for a small fee.

Can you put old TVs in a skip?

No electrical appliances should be put into skips and TVs are no different. This is because TVs, along with other electrical equipment is classed as hazardous waste that needs to be carefully disassembled by professionals and recycled. Leaving a TV in a skip could lead it to end up in a landfill, putting people and the environment at risk.

Now you’re well versed in old tv disposal you can take steps to recycle your TV in a way that is planet-friendly and safe. If you’re wondering about how to dispose of a TV, UK laws on WEEE disposal, or if you want to arrange a collection, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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