On February 17, 2009, all United States broadcasting stations will stop broadcasting in analog airwaves and convert to digital broadcasting. Thus, all analog TVs that are not hooked up to a converter box will no longer work. For more information to see if you are affected, click here. Given the economy, it is questionable how many people will use this as an excuse to buy a new TV and leave their old one at the curb to spend the remainder of its life in a landfill.
Sending your TV to a landfill has its consequence. They contain such toxic chemicals as lead, PBDE flame retardants, and cadmium that can leach out of our landfills. However, there are options that will keep your television out of a landfill. Until March 31,2009, all US households are eligible to receive two coupons in the sum of $40 towards the purchase of two digital to analog converters. Information with regards to obtaining the coupons can be found here.
If you wish to get rid of the set, Manufacturers Recycling Management (MRM) announced recently that it has established a nationwide recycling program beginning January 15, 2009 at 280 locations. At the moment, Pansonic, Sharpe and Toshiba televisions can be recycled for free. Others may be recycled for a fee. Vowing to make recycling convenient, environmentally safe, and efficient, MRM expects to have 800 location drop-offs by the 2011.
Each state has at least one recycling location. To find the closet location, click here. At the moment, Toshiba, Panasonic and Sharp are the first group of electronic companies to utilize MRM’s services to establish individual manufacturing recycling programs.
According to the website, MRM recycling locations take Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba brand TVs and consumer electronics such as DVD and VCR recorders for free. Most sites take all other brands for a fee.
The Company has teamed up with CRT-Processing, Creative Recycling Systems, and Eco-International to ensure that the electronics are recycled responsibly and no hazardous electronic wastes are sent to developing countries. In November, 2008, Sixty Minutes aired a segment exposing this very problem.
Before sending your television to the curb, take a moment and find your nearest recycling location. One less television in a landfill is one less source of chemical pollution our children will have to deal with.
Thanks to Heinz Weverink, Leftover Recycling Services for this tip.