I'm suggesting you go out of your way to get take that radio or TV to a nearby nursing home (they desperately need small, cable ready TV's or flat screens). Or simply post that use-able item on the Freecycle Network - Highland's local site is: http://groups.freecycle.org/HighlandTownship/posts/all
Don't just go the lazy route and put that old bike out a few days early for trash pickup hoping someone will grab it. I suggest you drop it off at a thrift shop or list it for free on Freecycle. Too busy? Call Purple Heart to come pick up your items. Upgraded your computer lately? Freedom Work Opportunities will take your old computer or cell phone. They will destroy your hard drive if you wish (the cost is $20) then recycle the unit. For more info call 248-887-1597.
I'd also encourage you to visit and volunteer at a nearby nursing home, but that is another story!