What you can do

If you have a broken electronic component that is unusable then recycling is your only option. However, many people upgrade products and throw out perfectly good TVs, receivers, speakers, etc. Consider giving them away first to extend the life of your electronics. While most charities won’t take electronics, there are ways to extend the life of your usable electronics.

1. Neighborhood Facebook page: If your neighborhood has a FB page that you belong to, consider posting a FREE Used TV. Describe what it is and see if someone is interested in it. If they want it they’ll come & get it, so you don’t even have to deal with delivery. There are many homeowners and renters that would love a free working electronic device. Perhaps they have a child going off to college, or they want a TV for a spare room.

2. Contact a local school system, school or PTA. Many school classrooms are still without TVs, blu-ray and DVD players and can even use speakers for their music rooms and in-school events. Schools have to pay for technology just like everyone else. And, those costs come from taxpayer dollars. Many will even accept computers and laptops, just be sure to clean your hard drive before giving anyone your computer device.

3. Craig’s List: If you have not visited the FREE section of Craig’s list, you are a rarity. Some people visit it because it is just funny. However, not all items are jokes. People are looking for free things and this is a great place to post your usable electronics.

4. Charitable organizations:
While I said that most charities won’t take electronics, not all charities say no to electronics. Many need TVs and other components for their offices, and some will accept & resell the electronics. Don’t expect pick up in most cases, as charities worry about weight & breakage. The Habitat for Humanity RESTORE accepts electronics excluding Analog TVs and VCRs. They also have pick up services. Do keep in mind that charities may say NO to electronics depending on how many they currently have on hand. Because there is such an abundance of electronics to be donated, sometimes they will have to turn you down until their supply is lower. They may also have restrictions, so do call any charity first before assuming they will take your usable electronic component.

5. Assisted Living homes: Many assisted living homes still have Tube TVs in their living rooms. TVs are not a high priority to them so they don’t use their funds to upgrade TVs. If they allow TVs in rooms, then many tenants don’t even own a TV. Either they left one that was too large at their house or apartment or they can’t afford one. Call a smaller assisted living home and see if you could drop off a small TV or DVD player. Some may even take a VHS player, since some of the older people may like movies that are on VHS tapes and they can be purchased at thrift stores for a quarter.

All of these recommendations are free ways for you to give away your usable electronics and many will provide a receipt so you can get a tax deduction. All it takes is a little time & effort and you could benefit someone or many others who would be very happy with an old model TV, a working DVD player or some old fashioned speakers.