Epic Repic Reporter

This month: Dr. Philip Morton from REPIC!

My name is Dr Philip Morton and I’m the CEO of REPIC.

Not at the moment. We did a survey recently that showed instead of recycling TVs, lots of us are collecting them at home and not recycling or re-using them. The important message is that old and broken TVs need to be recycled correctly. You can do this by taking it to your local waste-recycling centre – you can find out where yours is here.

If your TV isn’t being used, but is still in good working condition, they could be passed onto someone else, given to charity or donated to a re-use centre.

Televisions, or TVs as we call them, have been around for over 90 years. They’re made up of lots of parts and luckily for us, most of these can be recycled…

The first television was shown to the world over 90 years ago in 1925. The man who invented it was called John Logie Baird. However, he didn’t design it all by himself. Over many years, lots of people worked on different projects that were brought together by John to make the first TV.

In the beginning, they were very basic and people like you and I didn’t start to buy them until after World War 2 in 1945. Nowadays, almost everyone owns at least one TV and over the years, they’ve changed in lots of different ways.

You may have noticed that TVs are getting thinner and thinner. The flat screen TVs we have today use around ¼ less power than the older, bigger TVs. Some older TVs also used to have harmful chemicals like lead and mercury inside. If these weren’t recycled correctly, they could end up in landfill sites and contaminate the water in the area.

The recycling journey for a TV breaks down into four different areas that can be recycled: the glass screen, the circuits and wires, the plastic on the outside and any scrap metal. The wires inside are connected together using precious metals and when recycled, they can be turned into new electricals or even jewellery!