A required upgrade from analog to digital signals in February of next year means many people will be thinking about what to do with their old televisions. Many people may consider throwing them out, but DNR recycling programs coordinator Cynthia Moore says there are more environmentally friendly options. She says TVs without a digital tuner can still be hooked up to a converter box to receive signals or you can consider using them with a standard VCR or DVD player.
Moore says throwing your old TV in a landfill is not a good idea. She says old sets could release toxic materials into the ground, eventually tainting water supplies.
Moore says each community recycles electronic waste differently. Some hold recycling drives during certain times of the year to help collect them. Many private recyclers will also dispose of your old TV for a fee.