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Fewer places recycling old TVs

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WSIL -- If you plan to unwrap a new television this holiday season, you may have a hard time getting rid of your old one. That's because most towns won't let you just dump that old set in the trash.

The rate of people replacing televisions has gone up, leaving more unwanted sets.

When Linda Robertson moved, she left behind some important items she knew she'd have a hard time getting rid of, like her old TV.

"When I got rid of mine, I had moved it out to be picked up and it never got picked up, so I just left it at the old place where I lived," said Robertson.

 As people like Linda buy new screens, they find fewer places want their old ones.

"High-definition TVs have come down so low. Also, due to regulations, if we have to dispose of them it's a big hassle," said Matt Marjanovich of SI Pawn.

For now, some areas like Jackson County help pay for recycling old sets through businesses like Tasis Karayiannis's Recycling Center.

"We are the drop off point for Jackson County," said Karayiannis. "Jackson County has a program that does all the electronics."

He hands off the old sets to certified recyclers who can safely dispose or, or reuse some of the lead, or other potentially dangerous chemicals inside our electronics.

For years, the law required TV makers to pay for disposal of their product, based on their weight.

But since the new sets way less, their makers pay less for their disposal, leaving less profit for recyclers.

"That's why if you put your TV in front of your house, your garbage holder is not going to pick it up," said Karayiannis.

Karayiannis says he will keep taking old TVs as long as Jackson County helps take them off his hands.

Roberson hopes the county stays involved, to keep TVs out of landfills and even vacant houses.

"I think recycling is a great thing and we all need to be involved in it as much as we can," said Roberson.

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