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Disposing Television Sets

I do not know about you, but here in East Texas, they have been advertising about
the transition to digital signal for your TV in February, 2009.

So your analog TV will not receive a signal from your local channels with an
antenna. You will have to purchase a digital converter for $50.00 in order to see any
of your favorite shows.

With this transition, there could be more than 80 million analog tv sets thrown away
due to this conversion. TV’s are considered hazardous waste as they contain lead,
mercury and other contaminants. So major cities are setting up recycling centers as
fast as they can.

Once the TV gets to the recycling center, they can be broken down by taking out the
plastic, boards and tubes. But they are having problems of what do to with some of
the toxic parts. Some dump sites are set up for the toxic waste but not all.

If you are hooked up to cable or satellite, you are ok with your analog tv set. These
options take care of converting the digital signal for you. If you lose these
services, you will not be able to view TV with the free airwaves you have today.

As technology progresses, everyone is trying to keep up with all of the changes. This
includes the local stations. From High definition to wireless, soon there will be
nothing you can take from the air like we have for many, many years. I am sure that
the next item to go will be the radio.

Are you ready for this?

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6 Responses to “Disposing Television Sets”

  1. Theresa Says:

    Hi Linda! Aware of the changeover, but I never gave a thought to what people would do if they just dumped their television sets… You know we use too much cra.p in our lives – whatever happened to books? LOL!

    Theresas last blog post..1

  2. Linda Says:

    The books are still there just that tv, radios and computer have taken over…..

    Lindas last blog post..Disposing Television Sets

  3. Leanne Lonergan Says:

    Maybe the changeover will be a good opportunity to wean ourselves completely from ‘the idiot box’!
    Challenging!

    Leanne Lonergans last blog post..The Greening of Humanity

  4. Linda Says:

    that is certainly a possibility!

    Lindas last blog post..Disposing Television Sets

  5. Crazy Worms Says:

    Does anyone know the most eco-efficient method of recycling an old T.V.?

    Modern art came to mind but that’s very limited.

    Maybe someone could work with a specialized recycling center to exchange a small amount of cash for old televisions or just offer a printer-friendly shipping voucher through a website so that it could be boxed up and taken to the recycling center via UPS, etc.

    Grants could pay for the costs.

  6. Linda Says:

    At this point, here locally, they are still trying to figure out what to do. You have some pretty good ideas…
    thank you for coming by!

    Lindas last blog post..Disposing Television Sets

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