Buying a New TV? Recycle Your Old One

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- If you're planning on getting a new TV you might be wondering what to do with your old one.

"It's going to put a lot of pressure on our local landfill, it will put a lot pressure on people just to change out their TV'S," Doreen Richardson, Executive Director for Keep Midland Beautiful, said.

With the digital conversion coming in February, many environmental organizations are worried old TV's will end up in the landfill.

"We've got the reduce, reuse, recycle triangle that's something that we want people to think of when they start thinking about this upgrade in February," Richardson said,

And that's a concern for Midland City officials.

"It could possibly be hundreds of televisions that are being disposed of. Some harmful things in television set for the environment and also the space it's going to take in the landfill," Midland Solid Waste Superintendent Morris Williams Jr., said.

Morris says taking TV's to recycling places isn't an option in the Permian Basin.

"The options that people have are just to wait, just to hold them, we are currently seeking someone to recycle the televisions for us, we don't have anyone locally," Williams said.

Some local retailers offer the service.

"Customers have to come and choose the size of the box they need depending on the products, if they need small, medium box or a large box, and they all range from 5 dollars to ten dollars or fifteen dollars," Office Depot Assistant Store Manager Tommy Garcia, said.

No muss, no fuss, just fill the box with whatever electronics you want to trash and they'll take care of the rest, but there are some restrictions.

"On the TV's the biggest size we can send back is a 19 inch which would basically fit into our large box, anything damaged we cannot send back, anything that has liquid we can not send back, no kitchen appliances," Garcia said.

And if your old TV is too big you can always donate.

"If your TV is working and you want to replace it you're going to want to go ahead and donate it to Helping Hands, to Salvation Army, to Goodwill," Richardson said.