Televisions

We all want the latest and greatest technology, especially when it comes to larger, clearer televisions and monitors.

So when it’s time to toss out your old junker, there are a couple of things you should know before you pitch it in the nearest dumpster.

Consider recycling it instead! 

Can I Recycle My Old TV or Monitor at Cohen?

Yes. All TVs and monitors, as well as other electronics, can be dropped off at any Cohen Recycling Center. Find a recycling center near you.

All brands, ages, and sizes of televisions and monitors can be recycled at Cohen.

  • CRT (cathode ray tube) Televisions
  • LED or LCD TVs
  • Plasma Televisions
  • Flat Screen Televisions
  • Rear Projection TVs
  • Desktop monitors

How Can I Recycle My Television Responsibly?

E-waste is a growing concern within the electronics and recycling industries. As new innovations emerge, the tech from six months ago piles up high in landfills.
But because of the mercury present in even the newer models, bans have been placed on tossing these heavy entertainment appliances in the trash.

But how do we take control of that situation? How can we help preserve the environment?

  • Determine if it’s reusable: Before you decide to trash your television or monitor, see if it’s potentially reusable or fixable by a friend or family member.
  • If it’s too damaged to repair, bring it into an electronics recycling center like Cohen.  A recycling center will responsibly remove all necessary fluids and non-recyclable pieces, then sort the rest of the valuable components to be recycled properly.

What Materials and Parts are Recyclable?

These recyclable materials are typically present in televisions and monitors:

  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Lead
  • Plastic
  • Glass

Depending on condition, these components are potentially recyclable:

  • Remote Controls
  • Circuit Boards
  • Screens


Why is there a push for recycling?

When the global switch from analog to digital occurred, it left Americans with no other option but to dispose of their televisions that didn’t have digital broadcasting capabilities. However, most of us had no idea what to do with them.
We took them to places like Goodwill and were surprised when they informed us that they no longer accepted them.
Then we left them in our basements and garages until heavy trash pickup came along.
Even more disposal troubles came with the progression of technology, as the standard size of televisions continued to rise.

While larger, clearer screens enhance entertainment value, the increased size creates problems for disposal once these televisions break or become outdated.
As tv and monitor recycling concerns grew, a national need for responsible e-waste recycling arose.

Unfortunately, most large retail chains who accept televisions and monitors for recycling won’t take televisions larger than 32 inches. The cost of shipping these electronic behemoths to a designated recycling partner outweighs the return they see from the actual recycling process.

However, most recycling companies will accept any size of televisions and monitors.

Is There a Fee For Recycling My CRT TV?

Yes, there is a fee for these devices. The exact amount varies based on market conditions but typically lands somewhere between $0.40-50 (forty to fifty cents) per pound. Cohen accepts payment in cash only.

Tip: To help offset the cost of recycling your TV, we recommend that before bringing it in, check around the house to see if you have any other metal or electronic scrap that you can take at the same time. The value of that scrap may not be equivalent to the fee for the TV, but can still net you a discount.

Why Do I Have to Pay to Recycle My TV?

The short answer: Because of the hazardous materials they contain and special handling they require, CRT televisions and monitors actually cost more to process & recycle than they are worth in usable scrap.

The long answer: The responsible recycling of cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors and televisions is essential in the preservation of our environment and human health. Considered to be hazardous household waste because of their high concentration of cadmium, phosphors, and lead, these electronics are more difficult to recycle than others. There aren’t many alternatives for those looking to get rid of one: most trash collection services cannot accept these items and are forced to leave them at the curb, and even many charities have stopped accepting them. This Cincinnati Enquirer article goes into more detail about the difficulty of recycling TVs and the costs involved, and why Cohen charges a fee instead of paying you as we do with most scrap.

To find out what else you’re able to recycle with Cohen, see a summary here and call or visit a location near you.

Next Steps

By recycling our televisions and monitors we’re taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint, preventing the deterioration of the ozone layer, and promoting a healthier environment for us all.

Let Cohen properly recycle your televisions and monitors.