Stop! Don't Put That Old TV Out in the Trash

Here's how to dispose of your old electronics responsibly, for free.

If you are one of the many households that got a new HD TV or blu ray player this holiday season, you might be wondering what to do with your old ones.

If your television or DVD player still has some life left in it, call a thrift shop or two to see if they want it.

NOVA's thrift store on Rt. 313, for example, won't take any appliances that are larger than a toaster or coffee maker. But Impact Thrift will take large appliances, computers and electronics as long as they are of reasonably new vintage and in perfect working order.

You also could put it on Craigs List or give it away through Doylestown's Freecycle group.

But what about that circa-1997 cathode ray tube TV that you have to bang on the side every now and then? No one wants it, but throwing it in the trash isn't the best option.

First, in a few short weeks, Pennsylvania's electronics recycling law will make that option moot. Computers, laptops, monitors and televisions no longer will be able to be thrown out with the trash when the Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010 goes into effect on Jan. 24, 2013.

The DEP will maintain a list of locations where electronics can be dropped off for recycling. 

One of the closest locations to Doylestown is the Best Buy store in Montgomeryville. The store accepts up to three household electronics components per day, with some restrictions. 

For a full list of what the stores will accept, click here.


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