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What to do With all Those Old Iowa TV Sets? Recycle!

December 27, 2007

Des Moines, IA – New high-definition televisions were all the rage this holiday. A consequence, however, is that record numbers of older, worn-out television sets, which contain hazardous materials, will be thrown away.

Amy Horst with Metro Waste Authority says Iowans have a better option than sending old TVs and computer monitors to the landfill. They can recycle them.

"There is more than likely a facility close to them. If they're not sure, they can either call their local landfill or they can go onto the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Web site and find the facility that's closest to them."

Horst warns that older television sets and computer monitors often contain toxic phosphors, heavily leaded glass, barium compounds and other reactive materials. Although there's no state law that prohibits individuals from throwing away computers and other electronics, businesses are required to recycle their electronic waste.



Dick Layman/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IA