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Ask G: What do I do with my old TV?

How can I sell, give away, recycle or dispose of my old TV?

My husband has very recently purchased two new digital TVs for our home and office use and so we now have two perfectly good analogue TVs spare. I have tried selling them at a nominal price but no luck, and was wondering if there is an organisation that would like them for free, or if there is any way to recycle them.

Discarded TVs

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You won't find much luck in giving old TVs away. With the combined effects of the stimulus payments and the phase-out of the analogue signal, the sale of new televisions has skyrocketed and there's piles of old ones to get rid of.

DON'T dump old TVs on the doorstep of a charity or thrift store. They are hard to resell - there are always safety issues, and no one wants them. A recent survey showed that 95 per cent of charities typically have an oversupply of e-waste and are actually losing money through having to get rid of them.

Up to 98 per cent of the materials that make up a TV are recyclable, with recoverable useful materials including gold and copper. The good news is that there is a national TV recycling program being developed by the industry in partnership with state and federal government, through Product Stewardship Australia (www.productstewardship.asn.au). In the meantime, there are some collections already running. Contact your local council or state government waste authority and ask for details on where TVs can be recycled.