Thousands of Nebraska households have analog televisions which officials hope don’t end up in the landfill. Now that T-V stations are making the switch to all-digital programming, many people are choosing to buy a new T-V rather than get a converter box for their old set.
Environmental specialist Tom Anderson says T-Vs are full of toxic heavy metals. The picture tubes, for example, may contain ten or more pounds of lead. If disposed of in a landfill, the materials can contaminate land and water resources. Anderson is encouraging Nebraskans to recycle their old T-Vs.
He says fees for recycling televisions vary by facility, but are usually based on the T-V’s size and weight. Anderson says most recycling centers will charge between $10 and 15 for the average television.
The federal government recently delayed the mandatory switch to all-digital programming until June 12th, but a number of T-V stations in Nebraska have already made the transition.