FREE SPEECH ZONE | Trashin’ Your TV

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If that old TV is still lying around, now might be time to finally recycle it.

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It’s not as easy as just hauling it out to the curb. Three years ago Minnesota made it illegal to throw away your television set, so it won’t get picked up with your trash and your neighbors are not going to want it, especially with the digital switch on June 12 making some TV’s lifeless and unwanted without help of a converter box.

Older televisions contain a cathode ray tube (CRT), which can be toxic due to phosphors, leaded glass, and barium used in production. It is dangerous to handle a broken tube and dangerous to put in landfills. Even newer flat-screen TV’s usually contain mercury, so they need to be handled with the same care.

To keep these toxins out of our water supply and from polluting our soil, bring them to a recycling center. It can be a little over-whelming to find a center that recycles old TV’s and find out whether or not you have to pay to dispose of them. Here is a quick guide to get you started, but also check out resources in your area.

Electronic Recyclers:
Electronic Recyclers may charge a fee and you need to call ahead to find out.

Hennepin County Recycling & Drop-off Center
1400 W. 96th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431
612.348.3777
www.hennepin.us
This is a free location, so there are no fees to drop off electronics. There is a limit, though, of five electronic items, per household for a 12-month period. This Bloomington facility also has free products like paint, glue, and automotive products available for your next project from their Free Product Center.

Carver County Environmental Center
116 Peavey Circle
Chaska, MN 55318
952.361.1835
www.co.carver.mn.us/ec
This center is another free location to consider for television disposal. Carver County Environmental Center offers radon kits, composting bins, biodegradable bags, and water test kits for a small charge. It also has a Project Reuse Area with free products like lawn and garden supplies, paint, and other household chemicals.

Retrofit Companies
2960 Yorkton Blvd
Little Canada, MN 55117
1.800.274.1309
www.retrofitcompanies.com
Drop-off or request a pick-up for your old electronics. Retrofit is a responsible company that has pledged not to export old electronics to developing countries, or dispose of them in landfills. They will recycle as much of the raw material as possible.

Luminaire Recyclers Inc
2161 University Ave., Suite 206
St. Paul, MN 55114
651.649.0079
www.luminairerecyclers.com

B & E Recycling Station Inc
16501 Hwy 10 NW
Elk River, MN 55330
763.441.7211

Computer Electronic Salvage
2300 Kennedy St. NE, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55413
612.379.1005

Asset Recovery Corporation
2299 Territorial Road
St. Paul, MN 55116
651.602.0789
www.assetrecoverycorp.com

Recycle Technologies
4000 Winnetka Ave. N, Suite 210
New Hope, MN 55427
763.559.5130
www.recycletechnologies.com

More information on the digital switch and recycling resources available at www.rethinkrecycling.com.