Now that the nation has made the switch to an all digital broadcast signal, what is going to happen to the estimated 274 million existing analog televisions that will eventually become obsolete? During the first year alone, it is estimated that 28 million TVs will enter the solid waste stream because of the DTV switchover. This number represents just 10% of the total analog TVs currently being used in U.S. households today. In fact, the EPA estimates that over the next few years approximately 1 in 4 households will need to dispose of at least one TV.

Discarded TVs & Computers are Toxic E-Waste.

TVs and computer monitors contain many toxic materials, like lead, cadmium, and beryllium, that don’t belong in the landfill. Monitors and televisions made with tubes (not flat panels) have between 4 and 8 pounds of lead in them. Most flat panel monitors and TV's contain less lead than tube-style TVs, but more mercury, from their mercury lamps. Over time these toxins can leach into groundwater supplies and contaminate our streams and rivers.

Today, about 40% of the heavy metals, including lead, mercury and cadmium in landfills come from electronic equipment discards. The health effects of these toxic chemicals are well known; just 1/70th of a teaspoon of mercury can contaminate 20 acres of a lake, making the fish unfit to eat.
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Be responsible, recycle your old TV.

The TV Take Back recycling campaign was developed specifically to raise consumer awareness on the environmental hazards of all forms of electronic waste (e-waste). Currently only 20 states in the U.S. have legislation banning CRTs from our landfills. While it is still legal in most other states to throw your old TV in the trash, it’s not an environmentally sound practice.

Our goal is to provide responsible e-waste recycling solutions in our communities by hosting FREE 1-Day TV and computer collection events in targeted states where NO current electronic waste legislation exists.
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Tuesday, Aug. 2
2:00 pm to 7:00pm
Vermillion Community College and Energy Efficient Ely Free Recycling Event

1900 East Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731

Saturday, Aug. 6
10:00 am to 2:00pm
Eastland Mall
Recycling Drive

1615 East Empire Street Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, Aug. 13
10:00 am to 2:00pm
Honey Creek Mall
Recycling Drive

3401 South US Highway 41
Terre Haute, IN 47802
Saturday, Aug. 13
8:00 am to 12:00pm
Town of Big Bend

Town Hall
N1195 Hwy 40
New Auburn, WI 54757

Thursday, Aug. 18
9:15 am to 11:15am
Westboro Town Hall
Taylor County Free Recycling Event

Westboro Town Hall
N8835 Business Highway 13 Westboro, WI 54490

Thursday, Aug. 18
1:30 pm to 3:15pm
Maplehurst Town Hall
Taylor County Free Recycling Event

N373 County Road T Maplehurst, WI 54498

Interested in hosting a Go Green Community E-Waste Collection Event? TV Take Back is currently soliciting the help of local government, public high schools, universities and civic organizations to host local public e-waste recycling collection events. To find out how your group can benefit please click the link below.

For information about becoming a TvTB media partner please click the link below.
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About 40% of toxic heavy metals found in our landfills comes from discarded electronic equipment.

Lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, polyvinyl chlorides and brominated flame retardants are some of the known toxic substances found in consumer electronics.

Each CRT from a television or computer monitor contains an average of 4-8 pounds of lead.
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