Television: Newsmakers Jan. 25, 2009




Detroit News:

Michigan environmentalists, electronic waste haulers and recyclers are fearing an e-waste explosion. Up to 1 million TV sets -- toxic chemicals and all -- could be headed for Michigan landfills as consumers ramp up TV purchases before the nation's television stations are scheduled to convert to digital transmission Feb. 17. A delay is possible. The U.S. Senate appeared close to agreement late Thursday on a bill to delay the planned transition to June 12 -- setting the stage for a vote early next week. President Barack Obama earlier this month called for postponement. While many TV owners will keep their analog sets and use a converter box to capture the digital signal, others are using the switchover as an excuse to dump their old sets and upgrade to plasma screen or high definition sets with a digital converter inside. With each U.S. household having an average of 2.8 sets, according to 2007 U.S. census data, there is tremendous potential for an avalanche of TV trash... Trashing the tube: Digital conversion may spark glut of toxic waste (Fri, 1/23)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

The switch to digital television signaling could create an environmental nightmare across the nation as consumers get rid of their outmoded analog TV sets. But that doesn't have to be the case locally, where area residents can recycle their electronics for free. "It's easy and convenient, and we want to let people know that we're tuned in to them," said Tom Dewhirst, facility manager for Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste. The organization collects electronics at least three times a week at its Lamont Avenue location in Kalamazoo. Residents may recycle up to four electronic items -- including stereos, monitors, DVDs and televisions -- a year for free. Televisions are considered two items, and console televisions are only taken if the consoles have been removed. Small electronics, however, such as cell phones, don't count toward the four free items... Recyclers ready for tons of TVs after switch to digital (Sun, 1/25)



Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Don Reed wheeled into the parking lot at the Kalkaska County Recycling Center to drop off a cardboard box that once held his new television. Reed wanted an upgraded TV and gave his old set to a friend. If he hadn't, he would have recycled it, he said. "It's better than throwing it out in the woods like some people do. It's not useful to take them to the dump," said Reed, of Kalkaska. Most electronics contain hazardous materials -- lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, fire retardants -- and recycling centers across the region are primed to take old TV sets in preparation for next month's digital switch... Recycling centers ready for TV transition (Fri, 1/23)







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