Good Questions: Recycle or Freecycle?

Good Questions: Recycle or Freecycle?

Stephanie Kinnear
Sep 19, 2007

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Carie emailed in with this question:

For various reasons I've ended up with two more televisions than I
actually need. My initial plan was to stick them up on Craigslist free
stuff or Freecycle (they aren't very good tvs), but with the upcoming
switch to digital I'm worried that they'll end up in the trash in a
couple years.

Is it better to offer them up for reuse or guarantee that they'll be
properly disposed of by recycling them myself? Am I underestimating
the likelihood of people buying digital converters? Are there any
other options?


This is a good one, almost philosophical. Remember those eBay ads from back in the day? "People are good." Well maybe they're good, but do they recycle?

It's tricky and we're not sure if there's a "right" answer. We'll tell you what we would do and invite everyone else's opinion.

If the TVs still work, we would lean toward listing them on Freecycle (or Craigslist). We don't know all that much about digital, but we've been using the same old television for a long time and plan to use it until it stops working completely.

We'd guess that there is someone out there who would put your televisions to good use.

So we'd advertise them for free, then we'd take a Sharpie and write "Recycle me" and the phone number for your local electronics recycling facility on a blank label/sticker and affix it to the back of the televisions.

Subtle? No, but a little recycling encouragement never hurt anyone.

What do you think?

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