According to HSE over two million TV’s are discarded each year.
Whether you’re an individual who is upgrading your flat screen TV or a business that is disposing of old monitor screens, it is important that you know the process of appropriate disposal for your own safety and the benefit of the environment.
The disposal and recycling of televisions and monitors is covered under WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) regulations. Disposal of TV’s and monitors amongst general waste is illegal as more often than not, they contain hazardous materials that cannot be disposed of in landfill.
Legislation dictates that tv’s and monitors must be separated and disposed of in a compliant manner. Learn more about Hazardous waste legislation here.
Disposal of TV’s and monitors is high risk
The average TV is a combination of multiple materials including valuable substances such as plastic, steel, aluminium, copper, gold and silver. Hazardous toxins such as lead, mercury, flame retardants, cadmium, beryllium and bisphenol-A can also be found in the waste.
As a result of this complex mix of materials, WEEE recycling poses a number of risks that need to be adequately managed. Incorrect disposal and damage to TV’s and monitors can result in the release of these toxins which can be harmful to individuals and the environment. Therefore, it is the duty of the owner to ensure the effective and efficient disposal of their waste screens. For free advice on disposing of difficult and hazardous waste please contact our experts.
Recycle with Commercial Recycling
Disposal of your TV’s and monitors couldn’t be easier at our licensed recycling centres. At Commercial Recycling, we have specialist facilities and expert staff allowing us to safely break down and recycle the appropriate parts of the television or monitor.
When you are ready to dispose of your TV or monitors, safely transport them to your nearest licensed recycling centre:
- Dorset: Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne, BH21 3BW
- Somerset: Southwood Trade Waste Recycling Centre, Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6LX
At Commercial Recycling, our centres benefit from convenient opening hours, are easily accessible by any vehicle and are fully licensed to accept WEEE from both individuals and businesses.