Owners can dispose of old TVs for free by donating them to a reputable organization, sending them back to the manufacturer or utilizing a recycling service offered through major retailers, according to ElectronicsTakeBack.com. TVs should not be thrown away or taken to a landfill, as they contain toxic materials.
If the TV still works, owners can donate them to reuse organizations, states ElectronicsTakeBack.com. Some of these organizations also refurbish electronics.
Many manufacturers offer free take-back programs for old TVs and feature trade-in or recycling locations for old units.
Owners can also visit local retailers to determine their recycling programs. For example, as of 2015 Best Buy offers a free recycling program to customers who purchase new TVs from the store, or the company picks up old TVs for a fee, notes BestBuy.com.