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Goodwill no longer accepting older model TVs


Starting in August, Goodwill stores in Connecticut will no longer accept your old hulking television sets.

The organization told Eyewitness News with no demand, the older television sets were becoming a drain on their resources.

For years people could come to the Goodwill, drop off their old TVs and someone would be able to sell it on the cheap. However, now the stores have too many TVs and no one is buying them.

"To the point where we would have hundreds of television sets in our stores and we couldn't even sell them for a dollar," said Richard Borer, who works for the Easter Seals Goodwill Industries. "Nobody wanted them."

Goodwill locations in New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties will stop accepting the older models on Aug. 1. 

Goodwill of western and northern Connecticut stopped taking in these TVs a few years ago. Now it will be the standard practice throughout the entire organization.

"Basically TVs that are five years or older are those tube television sets," Borer said. "No market, no demand, very expensive to get rid of, because they're considered hazardous waste."

With no market for these monstrous TVs, storing, moving and eventually recycling was costing them about $75,000 to dispose of these unwanted sets. Now donors will have to make other plans.

"When someone comes in with a television that we cannot accept, we'll give them a flier that will tell them where they can go through DEEP (Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection) and a municipality in which the store is located, to bring their television set," Borer said.

While Goodwill says it will stop accepting TVs Aug. 1, they'll still take newer flat screen models and is still continuing with its computer recycling program.

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