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Where do you take broken TVs for disposal?

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Best Buy recycles televisions in its retail stores, and Staples offers television recycling at special events. These are the only two retailers that appear on the EPA's official list of television recycling programs, but the manufacturers LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony recycle televisions as well.

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All four participating manufacturers, in addition to Best Buy, offer permanent drop-off sites that accept televisions for recycling. LG, Panasonic, Sony and Staples host special recycling events, and both Sony and Best Buy offer to haul away recycling for customers who are not able to drop off their broken televisions.

These recycling locations apply only to newer television models that do not use CRT technology, such as LCD and plasma televisions. Older CRT models are classified as hazardous waste under federal law and are subject to more stringent guidelines. These televisions must be sent to landfills designated for hazardous waste due to the high lead content of their glass screens.

Plastic, steel, gold, copper, aluminum and silver are some of the materials recycled from broken televisions. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries estimates that 70 percent of broken electronics equipment, including televisions, can be recycled. This total also includes office equipment such as computers, scanners, printers and fax machines.

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