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Resources Council holds a ‘Don't Trash Your TV' recycling event


February 3, 2009

Pennsylvania Resources Council is kicking off the new year with a Don't Trash Your TV! Event on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations: Construction Junction, 214 North Lexington Street, and the City of Pittsburgh's Environmental Services facility at 3001 Railroad Street.

During this event PRC will charge a reduced price for TV recycling due to a grant from Waste Management that will offset some of the recycling cost to the public. Following are the recycling fees: televisions 19" and smaller, $10 each; 20"-29", $20 each; 30"-39", $25 each; and 40" and larger, $35 each.

With the upcoming digital switchover looming, more and more people are trading in their old televisions for new ones and PRC wants to ensure that the public has an environmentally and socially responsible method to dispose of their old televisions.

In 2008 the EPA estimated that 23.9 million cathode ray tube televisions were disposed of by Americans. With only 15-17 percent of these televisions being recycled, almost 590,000 to 605,000 tons of TV waste entered landfills. In order to improve these numbers, PRC is hoping that more residents will recycle their televisions instead of putting them out for the trash. Televisions contain many toxic materials, including 4 to 8 pounds of lead, cadmium, flame retardants, and PVC plastic. These materials can leach into the groundwater and soil if not disposed of properly.

PRC will work with local electronics recycler E loop llc ( to recycle the televisions. This organization has signed onto the Basel Action Network's E-stewards pledge, stating that they will not dispose of any electronic materials in a landfill or ship it overseas. All materials will be recycled or refurbished.

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