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Upgrading Your TV? Recycle Your Analog Set

Friday June 12, 2009

City’s CyberCycle program recycles old electronics

As television stations make the switch from analog to digital broadcast today, many people may discover that their old television sets have gone blank. For those who choose to purchase new televisions – consider recycling the old set instead of just throwing it out. Metro Solid Waste’s CyberCycle program accepts televisions and other electronics at no charge to citizens.

“We strongly encourage our residents to take advantage of the CyberCycle program if they have recently replaced an old television,” said Keith Hackett, director of Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management. “Recycling old electronics keeps toxic materials out of landfills, and allows the re-use of materials like plastic, steel, and copper.”

According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 79,000 households in Louisville and surrounding counties depend entirely on over-the-air broadcasts for television viewing, and approximately 2.5 percent are expected to be unprepared for today’s digital conversion.

Some donation centers, such as Goodwill, no longer accept televisions.

Residents may bring up to three electronic items at no charge to the CyberCycle collection, located at the Louisville Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue. Operating hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Acceptable items for the CyberCycle program also include computers, scanners, printers, monitors, tape and disk drives, electronic game systems, VCRs, CD players, digital cameras, copiers, cell phones, CDs and floppy disks.

Since Louisville began its CyberCycle program in 2004, more than 1,100 tons of electronic equipment have been recycled.