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Where Do Our Old TVs Go? (Graphic)



What happens to old TVs when we’re done with them? If your TV screen breaks or something internally goes wrong, you’re likely to simply throw the whole thing away. Despite the fact that TVs should be recycled, most Americans tend to throw their old and broken TVs straight into the garbage. Reportedly, more than 100,000 TVs were thrown away every two days during 2010. That’s millions of TVs – full of lead and other chemicals, not to mention heaps of metal – sitting in our dumps. But what does a dump of more than 100,000 TVs look like exactly? How can we visualize such a huge quantity of junk being thrown out every two days? We wanted to find out, so we did a bit of work and put together the following image. Click on the graphic below to view a (much) larger version! Do you throw away your TV? Did you know that many TVs are thrown out regularly? Is your mind as blown away as our is?

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We actually pay Eliott to watch TV and read up on the cable TV industry. He's not complaining: his hobbies are watching TV and sharing his opinion.

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