What Happens to Your Old Cable Box? Here's a Sneak Peek

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At this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Apple TV lead designer Jen Folse declared that the cable box “is becoming a thing of the past.”

Her reasoning was that as more and more programming arrives on your television through Internet-based streaming, the trusty steel box that has brought us TV joy for decades won’t be needed anymore.

Many analysts disagree, or at least deem Apple’s prediction decidedly premature. Cable companies still use boxes – often in tandem with services like Apple TV or Roku – and boxes are necessary for most DVR services. By the millions, they’ll be part of our home entertainment centers for a long time to come.

Nonetheless, as equipment wears out or is supplanted by improved technology, old cable boxes head to the retirement home. That’s us.

At Echo Environmental’s warehouse in Carrollton, Texas, our teams dismantle the boxes and process the components. Hard drives are wiped clean of any data, circuit boards are recycled to recover precious metals, and the steel casings are shredded for reuse. All that recovers value for our clients and helps the environment by utilizing resources over and over again.

This video of the process may not be quite as enticing as the programming your cable box brings in, but it’s still worth a look.