TV Recycling

Frequently Asked Questions: TV Recycling

Q: Can I recycle my old TV or monitor at Cohen?

A: Yes. All TVs and monitors, as well as other electronics, can be dropped off at any Cohen Recycling Center. This includes modern flat-panel screens as well as the older cathode ray tube (CRT) models. Find a recycling center near you.

Q. Is there a fee to recycle my CRT TV?

A: Yes, there is a fee for these devices. The exact amount varies based on market conditions but typically lands somewhere between $0.40-50 (forty to fifty cents) per pound. Cohen accepts payment in cash only.

Tip: To help offset the cost of recycling your TV, we recommend that before bringing it in, check around the house to see if you have any other metal or electronic scrap that you can take at the same time. The value of that scrap may not be equivalent to the fee for the TV, but can still net you a discount.

Q. Why do I have to pay to recycle my TV?

The short answer: Because of the hazardous materials they contain and special handling they require, CRT televisions and monitors actually cost more to process & recycle than they are worth in usable scrap.

The long answer: The responsible recycling of cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors and televisions is essential in the preservation of our environment and human health. Considered to be hazardous household waste because of their high concentration of cadmium, phosphors, and lead, these electronics are more difficult to recycle than others. There aren't many alternatives for those looking to get rid of one: most trash collection services cannot accept these items and are forced to leave them at the curb, and even many charities have stopped accepting them. This Cincinnati Enquirer article goes into more detail about the difficulty of recycling TVs and the costs involved, and why Cohen charges a fee instead of paying you as we do with most scrap.

To find out what else you're able to recycle with Cohen, see a summary here and call or visit a location near you.