TV Disposal as a Small Business

TV Disposal as a Small Business

TV disposal is a business opportunity for entrepreneurs ready to get started with electronic waste recycling. Outdated and broken computers, cell phones and televisions make up the bulk of today’s e-waste. Are you ready to get started in TV recycling?

TV Disposal Fills a Pressing Consumer Need

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that – as of 2007 – Americans kept nearly 99 million television sets in storage while needing TV disposal assistance for 27 million sets. Only 18% of televisions went to TV recycling plants. At these plants, raw materials like copper, aluminum, lead and steel were extracted.

Until recently, a good many TVs were donated to charitable organizations; but because of the switch from analog to digital broadcasting signals, this avenue is basically closed. An entrepreneur willing to take on electronic waste recycling with an eye on TV disposal may find that s/he actually fills a very pressing consumer need.

Nuts and Bolts of For-Profit TV Disposal

Volume is a key component when starting a TV disposal business. Remember that the primary business aspect is the pickup, transport and delivery of the unwanted television sets, not the final disposal of Cathode Ray Tubes and associated TV recycling of raw materials.

To this end, electronic waste recycling that specializes in TV disposal – to the exclusion of other e-waste – must have a solid marketing plan that reaches a wide audience.

The second component of a successful small waste recycling business is diversification. When it comes to TV recycling, the entrepreneur enters into partnership with manufacturers, local programs and businesses, all of which have their own rules for participating in TV disposal programs.

TV Recycling Business Opportunities

According to the EPA, Sony and Samsung accept e-waste made by the respective companies for free electronic waste recycling. Note that Samsung also accepts Wal-Mart’s private brands Ilo and Durabrand at no charge. MRM welcomes televisions made by Sharp, Mitsubishi, VIZIO and Toshiba. LGE takes LG, GoldStar and Zenith sets but only allows consumers to drop off five sets per day.

City and county run operations, such as the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, allow daily TV disposal of two units containing Cathode Ray Tubes.

Entrepreneurs can make money by picking up television sets for a set fee and recycling them for free at the companies’ designated recycling centers. Consumers save time, are not inconvenienced and only pay a very modest fee for getting rid of the TV.