There are some people out there who are slow adopters of new technologies that hit the market. From grandmothers who are just now learning to play solitaire on the new laptop they received last Christmas, to a persistent family still holding onto their old cathode ray tube (CRT) television set, most people eventually do end up upgrading to the new, improved, and often more energy efficient technologies of the moment. In the specific case of television sets, the progression from those bulky, box-style CRT sets, to flat screens, LED screens, and now smart TV technologies continues to offer people better viewing quality and an improved all-around experience. But what exactly are you supposed to do with those old TVs that are replaced? While you could move those old TV sets to the basement or a spare bedroom, chances are that they will rarely (if ever) be used.
For individuals, homeowners, business owners, and other residents of Los Angeles, getting rid of an old TV can be a challenge. Television sets, like all electronics, are considered to be e-waste and require special care when being disposed of. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that e-waste items are responsible for 70 percent of the toxins found in landfills despite providing only 1 percent of their total volume. Due to the fact that around 66 percent of American households report having unwanted televisions stored in their attics, basements, or guest bedrooms, used television sets are one of the main contributors to this e-waste contamination problem.
Fortunately, Junk King of Los Angeles is here to offer the most efficient, affordable, and environmentally friendly way to get rid of an old TV. Below, we explain why residents of Los Angeles should turn to Junk King for all of their TV recycling needs.
Junk King Ensures Easy TV Recycling in Los Angeles
Can it really be that bad to send your old TV to the dump? Many people in Los Angeles are probably tempted to try and “sneak” their old TV or other types of electronics into your regular garbage bin for weekly pickup. Let´s take a look at some statistics:
- One recent, 2015 survey conducted by the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERC) found that American households had around 5 billion pounds worth of CRT TVs in their homes. The majority of these cathode ray TVs were either broken, stored away, or otherwise unused.
- Another recent report determined that older TV sets that contain bulky and heavy cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contain on average 6 pounds of lead. Before the advent of flat screens and LED technology, those lead-containing tubes could be easily melted down to make new CRT TVs. Today, however, the vast majority of people are switching to flat-screen TV, LED TVs, and smart TVs. Though these types of TVs are significantly more energy efficient, this transition also means that there is no longer a market for recycling old CRT TVs. The resulting lead waste, plus cadmium, mercury, toxic solvents, and other chemicals are then often released into the environment when they are sent to the landfill and crushed.
- Lead contamination from old CRT TVs is an especially serious threat to both human and ecosystem health. When lead leaches into water sources, it can contribute to several serious health problems, including, negative cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension, decreased kidney function, and long-term reproductive problems in both men and women.
- Newer TVs such as LEDs and smart TVs might not contain lead, but they are often “soaked” in organohalogen flame retardant chemicals in the plastic casings. When sent to the landfill, these organohalogen flame retardants can leach out into the environment, and these persistent chemicals have been linked to a variety of health concerns, including thyroid disruption, cancer, and learning deficits.
To avoid the potentially serious health and environmental damages associated with improper disposal of old TVs, the state of California has passed several new laws aimed at increasing the recycling rate of e-waste items. Unfortunately, many people simply do not have the time to pack up their old TV into their tiny car and drive across town to the nearest e-waste drop-off collection site. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to get rid of your old TV or other used electronics, Junk King is here to help you.
We believe wholeheartedly that everyone should play a part in caring for our environment. Whereas many junk removal companies choose the easy route of simply hauling the junk items they pick up directly to the local dump, we are proud to say that we recycle, donate, or otherwise repurpose at least 60 percent of the junk items that we pick up.
Over several years of working in the junk removal industry, we have developed a huge network of relationships with recycling companies, thrift stores, recycling centers, and other similar organizations that allow us to give your junk another “life.” In the specific case of used TVs, we ensure that all of the used TVs and other items that we pick up and haul away are either donated or recycled, instead of being landfilled.
For environmentally conscious homeowners, individuals, and business owners in the Los Angeles area, hiring Junk King is your best strategy to do your part to reduce your waste footprint. We offer our TV recycling and junk removal services to the following Los Angeles areas: Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Carson, Compton, Covina, Downey, Glendale, Inglewood, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Norwalk, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, San Pedro, and Whittier.
Junk King: The Easiest and Most Affordable TV Recycling Solution in Los Angeles
Another reason to hire Junk King for all your TV recycling needs is that we know that not all of our commercial and residential clients have the physical ability to pick up and haul a heavy and bulky TV out of their driveway. A 60-inch smart TV weighs around 35 to 55 pounds, and most modern TVs have an average weight of 43 lbs. When you hire us for your TV removal needs, we are here to help you do the heavy lifting and hauling. Just let us know where the TV is located in your home, and our junk-hauling professionals will do the rest. We can even do some minor de-installation if your TV is connected to a rack or stand in a high-up or hard-to-reach area.
For clients who prefer a “no-contact” junk removal service, you can also simply leave your old TV or other junk items on your driveway or the curb in front of your home or business, and we can haul away those items without ever entering your home or residence.
Lastly, we believe that every client has the right to know exactly how much they can expect to pay for any type of junk removal service. To that end, we offer all of our clients a fair and transparent pricing estimate for any junk removal job. We understand that large junk removal can be a hectic time, and we believe that our customers shouldn’t have to worry about hidden prices and other concealed costs. Thus, we offer all of our customers four convenient ways to get a free estimate on any size junk removal service you may need.
For larger jobs, we offer on-site pricing, which will allow us to give you an accurate and exact price estimate for the job. We may even be able to haul away your junk the same day we give you the on-site price estimate. You can also call us at 1-888-888-JUNK to live chat with our highly trained customer service representatives. For smaller junk removal services, you can take a photo of the items you need to be removed and text us at 737-888-5865. We will text you back an estimate. Lastly, for a pricing estimate online, simply click the “Pricing” tab in the navigation above, scroll to pricing estimator, enter your zip code, and choose estimate “By List Item” or “By Truckload.”
Contact us today to get rid of your old TV or any other junk item you might have laying around your home or business!