There are some simple things you can do to help.
E-waste is a global problem. Each year, 2 million tons of TVs, computers, monitors and other electronic waste are improperly or illegally discarded in the U.S. alone. When not disposed of properly, these items pollute our soil, air, and water, and have a negative effect on wildlife and the environment.
There are some simple things you can do to help with this problem.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink!!!
...The time your TV is on. If background noise, turn it off. If you fall asleep in front of your TV, use the sleep timer to shut it off automatically. You’ll reduce the wear on your TV, making it last longer.
...Your amount of equipment. Use a media server to store and distribute your audio & video rather than creating complete systems in multiple rooms. Or, purchase combo units like a DVD/LCD TV combo unit. The result is fewer pieces of eventual e-waste, and less energy consumption.
...Your energy consumption. Home theater systems consume over 50% of their power when idle or off. Plug all your equipment into a surge protected power strip and turn the power off at the strip when not using your equipment. Adjust your TV screen brightness setting – Most are cranked up for showrooms but too bright for home use.
...Rechargeable batteries in your remotes – A quick and easy solution for everyone.
...Old equipment. If it’s still working, find another "home" for it – Another room, a family member or friend, or donate it to a local shelter or charitable group.
...Through extended product life. Think of it as reusing your current equipment. Read manuals for recommended care and maintenance. Keep the units well ventilated and protect them with surge protectors. And make sure when you clean them you use the proper materials and techniques.
...The way you shop for products. Do your research! Find out which products are Energy Star compliant (use less energy) or RoHS compliant (use less hazardous materials.)
...What products can do. There are several control and automation products for home entertainment systems which also control lighting and climate. Dimming lights and adjusting temperature automatically can help reduce energy usage and expense.
...The E-waste you have.
Proper disposal of electronics starts with the consumer – Do it correctly and it will make a difference. Find out what your community offers. For information regarding the legal disposition and recycling of covered television equipment (TVs), please visit www.TexasRecyclesTVs.org