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Recycle Your Unwanted TVs Properly

Do you have an older TV set that you no longer want or need? With the digital television (DTV) transition finally haven taken place throughout the country on June 12, lots of people have found themselves with analog television sets that they’ve replaced with HDTVs containing digital tuners. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is concerned about how consumers plan to dispose of those older TVs and wants to make sure the sets are recycled properly. Televisions contain materials and chemicals that create pollution problems, so don’t just throw them away.

On its website, the CTA provides lists of recycling centers that consumers can find in their area by entering their zip code. “TVs do not belong in the trash,” said CTA environmental affairs vice president Parker Brugge. “Consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers have worked diligently to provide the public with access to easy and convenient recycling options, as have many state and local governments. Consumers play a critical role in making sure that electronics products are recycled responsibly.”

If you live in the Chicago area, we encourage you to use the Abt Recycling Center, located near the southwest corner of our main building. In addition to TVs, we accept old appliances, electronics, and packing material from the public, regardless of whether you’re a customer. You can also use our convenient trade-in program to leave your old electronics with us and receive an Abt Gift Card in return.

Click here to learn more about the Abt Recycling Center and our other “green” initiatives, and be sure to do your part to help create a healthier environment for everyone.    —by Graham W.

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