Obsolete TVs are Dangerous Curbside Clutter

Chicago-area retailers accepting obsolete TVs

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    Absolutely, do not put your old TV in the trash.

    With potentially a hundred million TVs instantly obsolete as of last Friday, the environmental impact could be huge if they were just tossed to the curb.

    Each set has five to 10 pounds of lead, according to the CEO of PC Rebuilders and Recyclers, Willie Cade.

    "We really don't want that to go in our landfills," he said.

    Obsolete TVs are Dangerous Curbside Clutter

    [CHI] Obsolete TVs are Dangerous Curbside Clutter
    Don't throw your old TV in the trash! After your old TV fades to black, think green.

    Cade's point is simple:  absolutely, do not put your old TV in the trash.

    They can be taken to drop off centers like PC Rebuilders and Recyclers, or held onto until January 1, 2010, when a new Illinois e-waste law goes into effect.

    At that time, manufacturers are responsible for the disposal of their products.  Companies like Sony, Apple and Dell will have to hold free recycling events.

    The new law, it's argued, is good for consumers and good for the environment, creating about 4,000 jobs and $740 million in new revenue for the state, according to Environmental Law & Policy Center attorney Melville Nickerson.
     



    Chicago-area locations accepting televisions:
    (Please call the retailer to find the most current policy before traveling to dispose of television sets)

    BEST BUY:
    1. 555 W Roosevelt Rd.
    (312) 733-6635

    2. 2650 N Clark St.
    (773) 388-2920

    SALVATION ARMY:
    3. 509 N. Union St.
    (773) 738-4360

    4. 2270 N. Clybourn Ave.
    (773) 477-1771

    5. 4141 W. North Ave.
    (773) 342-2068

    6. 3837 Fullerton Ave.
    (773) 276-1955

    7. 2941 N. Central Ave.
    (773) 283-1315

    8. 5713 W. Chicago Ave.
    (773) 287-9774

    9. 4315 N. Broadway
    (773) 348-1401

    10. 3301 W. Montrose Ave.
    (773) 588-7343

    11. 2151 W. Devon Ave.
    (773) 764-0343

    12. 2024 S. Western Ave.
    (773) 254-1127

    13. 5112 S. Ashland Ave.
    (773) 737-3335

    14. 3055 W. 63rd St.
    (773) 476-8718

    15. 6434 W. 63rd St.
    (773) 586-0178

    OFFICE DEPOT:
    16. 352 W. Grand Ave.
    (312) 670-8200

    OTHER LOCATIONS:

    17. Great Lakes Electronics
    5950 W. 66th St.
    (888) 392-7831

    18. Everlights
    9901 S. Torrence Ave.
    (773) 734-9873

    OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS:
    19. Best Buy
    2358 Harlem, North Riverside
    (708) 447-2757

    20. Best Buy
    7600 S. Cicero, Burbank
    (708) 226-0065

    21. ABT Electronics
    1200 N. Milwaukee, Glenview

    22. Waste Management
    6801 W. 15th St., Gary
    (219) 977-8095

    23. Intercon Solutions
    1001-59 Washington,
    Chicago Heights

    24. Salvation Army
    9000 S. Harlem, Bridgeview
    (708) 598-2376

    25. Salvation Army
    8732-34 S. Cicero, Oak Lawn
    (708) 425-6064