Recycle your old TV

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PHOENIX -- This holiday season many of you will be buying a new TV or maybe a new computer.

So, what do you do with the old set you'll be replacing?

This is hard to believe, but many people just throw out their old TV.

With the big transition to digital TV happening in February, many people are buying a new TV that will be compatible and throwing out their old analog TV.

But you don't have to do that.

If you live in Glendale and you recycle, then your stuff winds up at the city's recycling center.

Tons of plastic, paper and aluminum are sorted through every day, but the one thing employees don't want to see coming down that conveyor belt is your old TV set.

"So, the TV itself is not recyclable but pieces and parts inside are," said Frank Lomeli with the city of Glendale.

Lomeli is concerned that since we're all going digital, people might feel good about tossing their old TV in the recycle bin thinking it will be recycled, but don't be fooled.

"If you have to get rid of that TV set and you have to throw it out, we're asking people please do not place it in their recycle container," Lomeli said.

If you really want to recycle that old TV, there are recycling centers just for electronics all over the Valley.

Web sites like Earth911 tell you the nearest recycling center to where you live.

"In my case, I typed in TV, my zip code and it gave me a lot of places to take that TV, so it's a great resource to use," Lomeli said.

Another alternative is you can always donate your old TV. If it works, all it will need is a converter box and it will be just fine.

If your TV is broken, well, you can always throw it out and it will eventually wind up in a landfill somewhere.

Surprisingly, Lomeli says it's not illegal in Arizona to dispose of TV sets this way.

Just remember, there's a lot of little tiny electronic parts inside that could still be put to good use.

"We're just trying to be proactive and let folks know that there are options available," Lomeli said.