February 17, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Computer Recycling Center Accepts Old TVs

Although recent Congressional action has delayed the official deadline for the switch to all-digital television signals, at least one Springfield TV station will make the switch today as planned, with the rest following suit on April 2.

As consumers upgrade, they may be discarding many of their older tube television sets in favor of new ones. Television sets contain a number of potentially harmful materials that could find their way into the environment through improper disposal. These include lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc and brominated flame retardants.

Consumers are urged to use the services of a legitimate electronics recycler to have the discarded television sets dismantled and the parts either recycled and reused or properly disposed.

The Computer Recycling Center in Springfield is the first state-certified electronics waste recycler in Missouri and has been in business for several years. A fee of $20 is charged to cover the transportation and disposal costs for the hazardous materials from the television sets. Other components are separated and recycled. The Computer Recycling Center also accepts other forms of “e-waste,” such as computers, VCRs, microwaves and other items.

The Center is located at 1434 N. National Ave.; the phone number is (417) 866-2588. The Center’s hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For more information, visit www.computerrecyclingcenter.org or the City’s recycling Web page at www.springfieldmo.gov/recycling; or call the City’s Recycling Hotline at (417) 864-1904.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov