Have you recycled your old analogue TV?
If you decided to buy a new digital television as a result, remember you can always call your council for a collection or recycle your analogue tv at your local Household Recycling Centre (“the tip”).
How can I use my existing TV?
For the cheapest (and greenest) option, you can add a digital converter box to your analogue TV. Digital converter boxes are convenient, widely available and relatively cheap. Attach the antenna to the digital converter box by ‘coaxial’ cable, and use another cable to connect the converter box to the TV.
Even if you replace your main TV with a digital television, it may still be useful. An analogue TV with a digital television converter could be useful in a spare bedroom, office, or you could donate it to a charity (link to BHF info below).
Reuse is also greener than recycling as it uses up less energy and fewer resources overall!
Why should I recycle my analogue TV?
Analogue televisions often contain hazardous chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. When not disposed of properly, these chemicals can end up in our bodies and are harmful to the environment.
TVs are also bulky and take up lots of valuable space if sent to landfill. However, they can provide useful materials if reused or recycled instead.
How do I recycle my analogue TV?
- Your local council collection or recycling centre
Call your local council or visit their website to arrange for ‘bulky waste collection‘ (some councils may charge for this service). Find their contact details by entering your postcode into the postcode recycling tool on the right-hand side of the page.
You can also use the locator tool to find your local Household Recycling Centre (HRC), where you can drop off old TVs if that suits you.
- Donate to charity
The British Heart Foundation will be happy to collect your TV. They will mend your unwanted TV and make it safe before selling it at a discounted price.
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