Wait! Don’t throw out your old TV

Here in Tucson we care about the environment, which is why we pick up our dog’s poo and refrain from leaving old couches on the side of the road.

As the digital TV switch kicks in June 12, the same respect should be given to your old and now-useless analog TV.

You can recycle the thing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 27 at Reid Park, 22nd Street on Randolph Way, thanks to Tucson Clean and Beautiful. The agency asks you bring a $10 check or cash for each TV.

Illustration Ryn Gargulinski

Illustration Ryn Gargulinski

The June 27 collection will also include other electronic stuff, like cell phones, useless computers and crummy iPods, without the fees.

Before you rush to the recycling event, consider options for disposing of your useless television set:

• Turn it into art. Gut the insides of the TV and set up a little diorama with a dinky Bert and Ernie or an entire scene with miniature plastic dinosaurs and soldiers. You can also paint, mosaic or collage all over the old TV and place it in the corner as a living room show piece.

• Turn it into furniture. Old, bulky TVs are just the right height for a bedside lamp, an end table or an entranceway piece. Throw an old blanket and some pillows on top and you’ve got yourself a foot rest.

• Make a stage for a puppet show. Gut the insides and carefully remove the front glass. Voila! You’ve got yourself a mini stage.

• Use it for anger management. Place the TV outside and far from kids, pets and loved ones and smash the glass with a sledgehammer the next time you’re upset. Make sure to clean up the debris afterwards and then head to the recycling plant or people will think you don’t care about the environment.

• Start a business. Collect the old television sets from your neighbors, coworkers and friends, charging them $20 a shot to take it off their hands. Haul all the TVs down to the recycling event, paying the $10 fee for each, and you just made a $10 per set profit.

Read past post on the digital TV switch, complete with reversed photo of the Honeymooners: Digital TV could be pain in the antenna

What are you going to do with your old TV?
Please note: Ryn is taking collections of them for a fee of $50 per set.

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About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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12 Responses to Wait! Don’t throw out your old TV

  1. RADC MAXIMUS says:

    Mornin’ Rynski, If I,m not mistaken, you can still use your old analog set with a digital converter box. About $40-$50 bucks. PS- the govt. has some kind of coupon you can get which covers most of the cost.

  2. Rynski says:

    Mornin’ RAD MAX –
    Thanks for the useful bit of info. Sure that will help some folks who can’t run out and buy a brand-new overpriced TV.

    But keep the info kinda quiet, since I’d rather see what kind of art people come up with (haha).

  3. theargus says:

    Mornin’ Ryn,

    I guess I’ll skate on this one – haven’t owned a TV in seven years.

    Did you know that Books are 100% recyclable?

    • Rynski says:

      Hiya, Theargus.

      GOOD FOR YOU on not owning a TV in so long. I have one just for renting movies but never watch the thing. I’m with you on books ruling.

  4. Beki says:

    Hi Ryn,
    I agree with most of the article except the smashing part -ooh there’s lead in that glass and it is really bad to expose it.
    Please dont break it!
    I would love to see the art pieces that people can create:)
    thanks,
    Beki

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  6. Robin says:

    Tucson Clean and Beautiful hired a great group from Sonora.  NPR’s Living On Earth covered them in March.  http://tinyurl.com/TucsonTVRecycle They cross train with a company in Middlebury, Vermont, in a “Fair Trade” program aimed at improving e-waste export standards. http://www.7dvt.com/2009waste-not

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