Consumers Urged to Recycle Old Analog Televisions

Following a successful nationwide transition to digital television, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today urges consumers to take advantage of the many ways to safely dispose of unused analog televisions. The organization provides a list of manufacturer and retailer-led electronics take back and recycling programs as well as a searchable database of electronics recyclers by zip-code on its website,

“TVs do not belong in the trash,” said Parker Brugge, CEA’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs. “Consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers have worked diligently to provide the public with access to easy and convenient recycling options, as have many state and local governments. Consumers play a critical role in making sure that electronics products are recycled responsibly.

“Although CEA research suggests that the recent DTV transition alone will not result in a significant increase in the number of televisions removed from homes across the U.S., it’s still important to remind consumers of what to do when they are ready to get rid of a television,” said Brugge.

Many consumers report that they are simply unaware of local options for recycling unused consumer electronics products. On, consumers across the country can access resources to identify electronics recycling opportunities in their area, as well as helpful information on why it’s important to recycle electronics products and how to determine whether a recycler is reputable.

CEA has long supported efforts to create a federal solution to the growing problem of electronics waste disposal, which the industry believes will not only be the most cost-effective solution, but will also allow the U.S. to ensure that electronics recycling is done in a safe and responsible manner. For more information on the CE industry’s efforts toward environmental sustainability, please visit

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