Letter to the Editor
The Cedar Rapids / Linn County Solid Waste Agency is expecting an onslaught of “old” televisions when the switch from analog to digital broadcast finally happens on Feb. 17, 2009.
You do not need to get rid of your existing analog TV. (Sorry guys!) Analog sets should continue to work if you subscribe to cable or satellite TV. If you don’t subscribe to a service a digital-to-analog converter box allows you to continue using your existing analog TV to watch over-the-air digital broadcasts, getting more channels than ever before. Two $40 converter box coupons per household are available through www.dtv.gov, if you haven’t already converted yet. If all else fails, analog sets will continue to work fine with gaming consoles, VCRs and DVD players.
If you do have a television or any electronics for that matter that no longer work, please consider recycling rather than land-filling. Electronics contain a variety of heavy metals and other nasty chemicals, such as lead, mercury, brominated fire retardants. Once these metals and chemicals are exposed to the environment they can leach out and enter our water supply. Televisions can be recycled at either Solid Waste Agency location, $5 for televisions 41” or smaller; $10 for televisions 42” or larger.
Stacie Johnson, Education Coordinator
Cedar Rapids / Linn County Solid Waste Agency