How to get rid of an old tv

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have recently purchased a new television set, figuring out what to do with your old television can be a confusing and frustrating process. Storing the old set in your house can take up space unnecessarily, and you may face a fine if you chose to throw it in the trash because of the significant amount of toxic chemicals inside the television. You may be able to receive a tax deduction or compensation when getting rid of your old set correctly.

Donate your television to a thrift store. If your television is in working condition, bring it to your local charity or thrift store. Donating is a safe way to get rid of your old television while helping the community. You may be able to obtain a tax deduction from your donation. When you drop off your television, obtain a donation receipt from the charitable organisation, and file Form 1040 on your tax return.

Recycle your television. Find a local program or a retailer program where you can have your television recycled. Earth911 is an online search program where you can find the best options to recycle your television. Companies like Best Buy provide an electronics recycling program for consumers to bring in their old electronics for disposal. Because older televisions may leak chemicals, recycling helps to keep toxic waste such as lead, mercury and calcium from entering the environment.

Sell your television. If your television is in good working condition, you may be able sell it to a pawn shop or to buyers in your community. If you choose to sell your television to a pawn shop, bring the set to several different pawn shops in your area to find the highest price quote. Many pawn shops will offer you cash or in-store credit for the value of your television.


Do not strain yourself trying to move a large TV. Get help from friends moving the television.

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Megan Kelly started writing professionally in 2007 when she was published in the anthology, "Lit Kids: Mama Bird and the Electric Rabbit" through Mill City Press. She is also a submissions reviewer and grant writer for "Spout Press," an independent magazine in Minneapolis. Kelly is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Minnesota.