More individuals are throwing out their old televisions rather than using converter boxes to accommodate a mandatory digital TV programming switch.
Wired PR News.com – After February, all television companies will have made the mandatory switch to digital programming, which will require the use of converter boxes for old television sets that use antennas to receive cable. As reported by NBC DFW News, the change has many cities around the nation, including Fort Worth, concerned about waste issues from the accumulation of old television sets individuals will be throwing out. Many are noted to prefer to throw out their old televisions as opposed to utilizing converter boxes to accommodate the change.
Officials in Fort Worth are especially concerned about hazardous materials in the TV sets posing a threat to the environment if a mass number are sent to landfills. The City has partnered with Goodwill Industries to provide an alternative solution for those seeking to get rid of their sets. These and other electronics may be dropped off at designated locations to be recycled or disposed of in a manner that is environmentally friendly.
Individuals may visit http://www.reconnectpartnership.com/texas/index.html for more information on participating Goodwills throughout the DFW metroplex and other areas in Texas.