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New T.V? How to Dispose of Your old one

MANY ARE GETTING RID OF OLD ELECTRONICS AFTER RECEIVING NEW ONES AS GIFTS... IT'S KNOWN AS "E-WASTE", AND OFFICIALS SAY IT'S CRITICAL TO KEEP IT OUT OF THE LANDFILL

It's been just over 4 years since Wisconsin banned consumer electronics from it's landfills.

        "Televisions, computers, common VCR's...It's all banned from our landfill," says Outagamie County Recycling Coordinator Chris Miller.

It's called e-waste, and the disposal of it now has to be done responsibly. At American TV, the collection of e-waste has grown every year.

        "A lot of people are reading on how to dispose of said electronics," says Electronics Manager T.J. Hines. "And they're realizing fast that it can be harmful to the environment. So they're coming here to recycle them."

The store will haul away your old television if they deliver a new one, but the e-waste program is for more than just customers.

        "We're pretty much known as a place to recycle your old television even if you don't purchase from us," says Hines.

According to the DNR, Wisconsin collectors received over 38 million pounds of eligible electronics this past year. That's about 6.8 pounds per resident. At the Outagamie County landfill, the old electronics are shipped to Chicago, where they're pulled apart and sold for scraps. The center collects over 200,000 pounds of electronics each year, and the coming weeks will be it's busiest."

        "It's a very popular program," says Miller. "People are becoming more aware of it and utilizing all of the services locally for disposal."

There are dozens of locations in the area to dispose of your electronics - Many free of charge.

A full list can be found at http://dnr.wi.gov/wastemgmt

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