A-Z Recycling Guide -- Televisions and VCRs
Televisions contain lead and other toxic materials, which contaminate the environment when landfilled or incinerated. Because of their toxic nature and the many types of materials used, there is usually a fee to recycle televisions. Many thrift stores accept televisions in good working condition. See "Household Items" in this guide for thrift store information.
When considering recycling your electronics, it is always a good practice to find out if the equipment is being recycled responsibly. The Basel Action Network provides a list of recyclers who have signed a pledge to provide environmentally and socially responsible electronics recycling. Eco-Cycle strongly encourages you to use recyclers from this list. Go to e-stewards.org/find-a-recycler to locate a recycler near you. Ask the recycler if there is a local drop-off center.
Eco-Cycle CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials)
6400 Arapahoe Rd. (co-located with ReSource)
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: (303) 444-6634
Accepted materials: Most electronics including televisions, VCRs, DVD players and remote control devices for recycling. A fee is charged to help cover the cost of collecting, shipping and recycling these items. Units are disassembled with all the various parts recycled or reused. Vehicles that come to CHaRM are charged a $3 facility use fee per visit in addition to any per-item fees.
Please visit the CHaRM website for the full list of accepted materials, fees, current hours and more details.
Eco-Cycle's Zero Waste Services (businesses only)
Phone: (303) 444-6634
Services provided: Collection for all traditional recyclables (mixed paper including bagged shredded paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans, scrap metal), hard-to-recycle materials (computers, fax and copier machines, other electronics, plastic bags with a #2 or #4, stretch wrap, #6 white block foam, wooden pallets, textiles, books and paired shoes) and compostables (all food and landscaping waste, uncoated paper products and compostable food service products made from plant materials). Dumpsters, wheeled carts, roll-off boxes, compactors and other collection equipment available. Visit website, call or e-mail for more information. Businesses only.
Flatirons Habitat for Humanity ReStore
1 Park St.
Broomfield, CO 80020
Phone: (303) 404-2008
Donation Hours: Tues. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Accepted materials: TVs (flat-screen models only) and other electronics in 100-percent working order (7 years old or less). See website above for full list of acceptable items. They reserve the right to decline any goods depending on their current needs so call before to confirm. Please call for pickup of large donations, to verify current acceptability of donations, and to ask any questions you might have.
BIzzy B's Recycling
202 Martin St. (Corner of 2nd & Martin)
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (720) 491-3278
Hours: Tues. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Service provided: Removes and recycles Freon™ free of charge from freezers, air conditioners and refrigerators that are dropped off. There is no pick-up charge for Longmont residents. Will pick up from Boulder County residents for a fee. Also takes computers, monitors and televisions for a fee.
Electronics Recyclers International (ERI)
3250 Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80011
Phone: (800) ERI-DIRECT (374-3473)
Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Service provided: Recycle electronics, light bulbs and batteries. Call for more information.
Accepted materials: electronicrecyclers.com/sustainability/products-we-recycle
Service provided: MRM provides recycling opportunities through a combination of permanent collection sites and periodic collection events. Visit website for locations and events in your area. Most MRM drop-off sites accept all types and brands of consumer electronics for recycling. All MRM sites accept TVs and consumer electronics such as VCRs and DVDs manufactured by these brands at no charge: Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Quasar, Sharp, Toshiba, Technics. There may be a charge for recycling other brands or products.