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TV Recycling Coming to Missouri?

Date: March 5, 2009
By: Rebecca Layne
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: TV manufacturers would have to recycle their discarded tubes beginning in 2012 under a measure presented in the Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Senate Committee hearing.   RunTime:1:27
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TV manufacturers would face a fine of up to $25,000 if they decide to trash their televisions.

Bill sponsor and Republican Senator Dan Clemens says discarded TVs fill up both closets and landfills.

 

Actuality:  CLEMENS.WAV
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Description: 86 percent of old televisions currently wind up in landfills. And they have between four and eight pounds of lead in them. This year alone, 26 million high-definition televisions will be purchased. Last year, 27 millions TVs were thrown away, and an estimated 99 million TVs are piled in closets, basements and garages.


Despite an overload of TVs, senator Clemens says patience is needed.

Actuality:  CLEMENS1.WAV
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Description: Is this a baby step? A work in progress? Yes, because we are talking about recycling of a lot of different items down the road, I think. These things do not need to be in landfills.

Clemens' bill has support from Barbara Kyle of Electronics TakeBack Coalition. She says the law needs a strong driving force to decrease electronic waste.

Actuality:  KYle1.WAV
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Description: Passing laws that mandate recycling with strong drivers that really mean a lot of recycling will happen is really important to us seeing that electronic waste is the fastest growing waste in the U.S.


Recycling unwanted TVs will take on more importance when the transition from antennas to digital takes effect in June 2009. 

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Rebecca Layne... KSMU.