TV (Flat Screen) Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains E-Waste TVs (flat screen) are also considered Household Hazardous Waste. If your TV is in good condition, consider donating it. Never Throw in the Trash Most LCD screens made before 2009 contain mercury, which makes these TVs hazardous waste. Newer flat screens may contain other hazardous materials, such as heavy metals and flame retardants. These chemicals can leach into the environment from a landfill, so make sure not to throw any TVs in the trash. Over 50 Inches? Call Ahead When recycling a flat-screen over 50 inches, call ahead and make sure the program will accept it as a drop-off item. Some programs need to pick up the item if it is over a certain size.