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June 12, 2009

More on TV, computer recycling


If you missed it in today's paper, I wrote a story about the problems associated with throwing away your old TV or handing it over to an irresponsible recycler. There are toxins in there that end up in our environment, or in the enviornment of poor countries, particularly in Asia where most electronics are now made.

Local and state officials urge consumers to drop their old TVs, and electronics in general, at offical drop-off sites. In the city and surrounding counties they say they've visited the facility where they are taken and everything is broken down in-house. I have not gotten there myself, but I plan to soon. 

There's information in there about recycling, and more on the Maryland Department of Environment Web site.

And for the readers wondering about Harford County, the Scarboro Landfill take computers but not TVs. The number there is 410-638-3417. Please contact the manufacturer of your TV and see if it has a take back program. If not, try Best Buy, which will take e-waste for free or a nominal cost. 


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Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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