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How to Get Rid of an Old Television

Spring has arrived and that means it’s time to clean up Casa De T-Rav. That also means it’s time to find stuff to get rid of so that our house doesn’t slowly devolve into an episode of Hoarders. 

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If only REAL cleaning were this simple.
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Most of the things we have to get rid of can either be thrown away or donated to charity. However, it seems that I couldn’t get rid of my old 32″ CRT Television.

So many episodes of South Park watched.  (Travis Tornatore)
So many episodes of South Park watched.
(Travis Tornatore)

I held on to it for a long time because “you never know when you will need it.” It couldn’t even get regular over-the-air TV signals because it is not digital. So after finally realizing that I needed to get rid of this thing, I loaded it up for a trip to the Goodwill.

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“I’m going to need the box back.”
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That’s when I learned that the Goodwill (and many other charities) will not take old TVs. Even the local garbage companies don’t want them. So aside from chucking it off a bridge, how can I get rid of an old TV?

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DO NOT THROW YOUR TV OFF A BRIDGE
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It seems that these days, you’re going to have to cough up a few bucks to get rid of your old TV. You can bring them to the upcoming Electronics Recycling Day (May 4th, 5th, and 6th), but they want $20 to take your old TV.

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Hope you aren’t holding out on getting flat screens.
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And that is pretty much the case across the board. C&I Electronics will take your TV but they will need cash, as will Staples and Best Buy. This is due to the fact that those old CRT TV’s are full of chemicals that need to be disposed of properly.

There is literally a gig of data in this photo. (Zoonar RF/Thinkstock)
There is literally a gig of data in this photo. (Zoonar RF/Thinkstock)

So with two of those CRT TVs still in my home, it will cost me around $40 – $50 to get rid of them and replace it with a flat screen. Upgrading can be a real pain sometime.

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