Old television sets can contain up to 8 pounds of lead, a poison which causes nervous system damage and other heath problems. The lead protects you from radiation when the television is in use, but when it’s crushed at a landfill that lead, as well as other metals such as cadmium and mercury, can leach into the environment and cause problems for wildlife and humans alike.
Televisions also contain copper wire, plastics and glass, which can be recycled and put to further use. By finding a second life for your old television or its components, you can significantly cut back on the toxins that end up in our landfills. If you donate your set, you’ll be helping those in need.