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1/8/09

Advice for Disposing of Old Televisions

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In February, TVs that aren't digital compliant will be useless, unless you're a fan of watching static. But before you think about trashing your TV, throwing it away should be a last resort. "The lead in the TV is something they would rather not have in the landfill," said Curtis Bartlett.

Instead, Curtis Bartlett from the City of Lubbock Solid Waste Department suggests some other options before turning the channel from analog to digital. "Either donate it, get a converter box, if you have cable or satellite use it find a use for it instead of trying to get rid of it," said Bartlett. 

If you are ready to get rid of your old TV, you don't even have to leave your home, Salvation Army will come pick it up. "Just call us and set up an appointment. They have to be working and if they come with remotes, go ahead and send them with the TV. Also if they have an antenna go ahead and send it with it and we'll be happy to accept everything," said Martin Arcos with the Salvation Army.

Your old TV can also be donated to a less fortunate family. "Donate it that way another family can enjoy TV also even if they have to get a converter box," said Arcos. 

If you can't donate your TV because it doesn't work, this is what you can do; "Single family residents can load it up and bring it here to the collection station at the recycling sites we have here in town. Bring a utility bill that shows you pay a garage few on the itemized statement and we'll take it and it will be disposed of," said Bartlett. 

These are just a few pointers as the switch to digital gets closer and closer and you don't know what to do with your old TV set.  

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