July 9, 2008 11:23 am

Most of us who watch TV, even on an erratic basis, know that our analog televisions sets will be obsolete by Feb. 17, 2009. New federal regulations will require that all television broadcasts go to digital – making that old clunker with the rotating dials (yes, InventHelp’s Invention Girl had one of these in her lifetime) utterly useless.

Of course, you have the option to get a digital converter for your old set, but my guess is that many folks will opt to get a high-definition television. That means that thousands of old sets are likely headed for the landfill – although a new campaign by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition is trying to change that.

Less than 13 percent of electronics are recycled, and aging TVs can drip hazardous chemicals into the soil around dump sites. Part of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition’s idea is to allow consumers to email the heads of major electronics companies like Panasonic and Sony to ask them to make recycling easier – and free.

So far, only Sony Corp. has agreed to allow consumers to recycle their electronics at no cost via a national network of pickup locations. The number of locations now sits around 75, but Sony has pledged to double that number by next year.

We at InventHelp think that if Sony can do it, the other companies can do the same. Go to the Coalition’s Take Back My TV Campaign website and tell them what you think!

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