How To Dispose of a TV

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The television – one of the most common electrical devices in our homes, a source of entertainment, and a window to the world. But what happens when it's time to say goodbye to your trusty old TV? Whether it's because you're upgrading to a sleeker model or your current one has given up the ghost, disposing of a television isn't as straightforward as tossing it in the bin.

Why? Well, televisions contain components that can be harmful to the environment and even pose health risks. Simply chucking it away isn't just irresponsible; it's also illegal. That's why it's crucial to know the proper channels (pun not intended - honest!) for TV disposal, not just for your sake, but for the environment too.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the various methods of responsibly disposing of your TV. We'll cover everything from recycling centres and council collection services to retailer take-back schemes. Plus, we'll delve into how HIPPO can make the process even easier for you.

So, before you make a move to unplug that TV, read on to ensure you're disposing of it the right way.

Why Can't You Just Throw Away a TV?

An old TV illegally dumped by waste bins

You might be tempted to think, "It's just one TV; what harm could it do?" But here's the kicker: televisions are more than just screens and wires. They contain a cocktail of materials and chemicals that can be harmful if not disposed of correctly.

Harmful Components in a TV

Televisions, especially older models, contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and cadmium. These substances can leach into the ground, contaminating soil and water supplies. It's not just an environmental issue; it's a public health concern.

Legal Implications of Improper Disposal

In the UK, electronic waste, including televisions, is governed by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. This legislation makes it illegal to dispose of electronic items like TVs in your regular household waste. Failure to comply can result in hefty fines and even legal action.

The Environmental Toll

Improper disposal of TVs contributes to the growing problem of electronic waste, which is one of the fastest-growing waste streams. When electronic waste ends up in landfills, it not only takes up space but also poses long-term environmental risks.

The Moral Aspect

As responsible citizens, we have a moral obligation to minimise our environmental footprint. Proper disposal of electronic items like TVs is a small but significant step in that direction.

Methods of Disposal

A TV fallen on the floor with a man looking at in despair sat on a sofa

There are many options available to get rid of your TV for free, even when it is old or broken, meaning it is easy to dispose of them responsibly. In many cases their components can be recycled and given a second life, so you should avoid dumping them illegally to ensure they are correctly handled by recycling companies to reuse their raw materials and parts.

1. Recycling Centres

How to Find a Local Recycling Centre
Your local council's website will often have a list of recycling centres that accept electronic waste, including old or broken TVs. You can also use online directories to find a centre near you.

What to Expect
Most recycling centres will have specific bins for electronic waste. Make sure to follow the guidelines, as some centres may have restrictions on the types of TVs they accept.

2. Council Collection Services

How to Arrange a Collection
Contact your local council to find out if they offer a collection service for bulky electronic items like TVs. You can usually book a collection online or over the phone.

Costs Involved
Some councils offer this service for free, while others may charge a nominal fee. It's essential to check beforehand to avoid any surprises.

3. Retailer Take-Back Schemes

New TVs on display at a retail store

Retailers That Offer This Service
Many electronics retailers offer take-back schemes where you can drop off your old TV when purchasing a new one. Well-known electronic retailers like Currys and John Lewis offer such services.

How It Works
Some retailers simply ask you to take your old TV to the store when you're buying a new one, or they will collect it when delivering your new TV. The retailer will handle the rest, often at no extra cost.

4. Donation

Where to Donate
If your TV is still in good working condition, consider donating it to a charity shop or a community centre.

Requirements for Donation
Make sure the TV is in full working order and includes all its accessories, like the remote control and power cable.

5. Selling or Giving Away

An old TV with retro games console controllers

Platforms to Use
Websites like Gumtree, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Freecycle are excellent platforms for selling or giving away old TVs. Even those that need repairing will often be taken off your hands by avid ‘waste nothing’ advocates.

It is worth noting, that even big old CRT type TVs – like the one on the TV series The Simpsons - are sought after by retro games console enthusiasts, VHS film fans, and collectors of old technology.

With that in mind, don’t throw anything away without trying these platforms first!

Precautions to Take
With modern TVs they collect a lot of data from your Netflix login, and TVs that have internet browsing capabilities may have passwords and data you entered. So before handing over your TV, make sure to wipe any personal data by performing a factory reset.

How HIPPO Can Help

If you're looking for a convenient and responsible way to dispose of your old or broken TV, look no further. HIPPO has got you covered with our specialised Man & Van service.

Man & Van Service

Our Man & Van service is designed to make your life easier. We'll come right to your doorstep to collect not just your old TV and PC monitors, but any other waste you might have as well.

Why Choose HIPPO's Man & Van Service?

  • Convenience: No need to transport your TV to a recycling centre; we come to you.
  • Responsibility: We ensure that your electronic waste is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
  • Flexibility: Whether it's just a TV or additional waste, we can handle it all in one go.

While the service does include a nominal surcharge for collecting TVs and monitors, the convenience and peace of mind it offers make it an excellent choice for your disposal needs.

Old TV placed with other waste ready for collection


Disposing of an old TV isn't as simple as chucking it in the bin, but it doesn't have to be a headache either. From recycling centres to retailer take-back schemes, there are various responsible ways to say goodbye to your old set. And if you're looking for a convenient, all-in-one solution, HIPPO's Man & Van service is just a call away.

Remember, proper disposal of electronic waste like TVs is not just a legal requirement; it's a moral obligation we all share. By choosing responsible disposal methods, you're doing your part to protect the environment and public health.

So, the next time you're looking to dispose of a TV or any other waste, give HIPPO a ring on 0333 999 0 999 or book a Man and Van collection online. We're here to make the process as smooth as possible with responsible waste disposal.


Can I Put My TV in a Skip?

No, TVs are considered electronic waste and should not be placed in regular skips. However, HIPPO's Man & Van service can collect your old TV along with other waste you may have.

How Do I Wipe My TV Before Disposal?

Before disposing of your TV, it's advisable to perform a factory reset to remove any personal data. This option is usually found in the 'Settings' menu of most TVs.

What Other Electronics Can I Dispose of With HIPPO?

In addition to TVs and PC monitors, our Man & Van service can collect other electronic items such as computer towers, microwaves, small and large appliances, etc. Please contact us for a complete list of accepted items.