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Recycle Your Old Television Set

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Millions of TV watchers are getting ready for the digital TV transition by buying new high definition TVs. The switchover was supposed to happen this week, but Congress extended the deadline. That still leaves many people wondering what to do with the old sets.

A lot of people want to get rid of their analog televisions, but it's not as simple as throwing in the dumpster. Sherry Bare is taking the day to say good bye and dump her analog televisions, as she gears up for the digital television switch.

"The switch over was a big issue because our TV wasn't very good anyway," said Bare.

Bare says her family decided to go ahead and make the purchase after millions of people were not able to get the digital converter discount cards, simple because they ran out.

When it came time to toss the televisions out, Bare says just throwing them in a dumpster wasn't an option.

"You don't want to throw them out in a dumpster because there are a lot of poisonous things in TV," said Bare.

Because there are hazardous chemicals that are inside your television, Metro Public Works has set up three free locations to recycle your unwanted television sets and many people are taking advantage of the service.

"We expect to see a good steady flow of TV's showing up and we do encourage people to bring them to us so they can be disposed of properly," Gwen Hopkins Glascock.

Even with this free service, Metro Public Works is dealing a lot of people just dumping their old television anywhere. What many may not know, this is a crime.

"You can be sighted and could be fined up to $50 dollars for the first offense and there could be more," said Glascock.

So to save money and the environment, trying recycling that old TV like so many have already done.

If you would like to have your Television recycled, you can take it to one of three free drop - off sites provided by Metro Public Works.

941 Dr. Richard G. Adams Dr.
Nashville, TN 37207

1019 Omohundro Place
Nashville, TN 37210

939A Anderson Lane
Madison, TN 37115

Another way to get rid of those analog televisions legally, is to take them to the Good Will. They would prefer cable ready televisions and you may also be able to get a tax deduction.

    

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