TV Recycling Bill Passes

Environmentalists praise move ahead of DTV switch

Now manufacturers have to keep this out of a landfill.
Now manufacturers have to keep this out of a landfill.

“With the switch to digital television less than a month away and millions of old TVs on their way to Texas landfills, today the legislature took an important step toward stopping a potential avalanche of toxic TVs by passing this bill,” said Robin Schneider of Texas Campaign for the Environment after the passage of House Bill 821.

The bill, by San Antonio Democrat David Leibowitz, requires that television manufacturers recycle their market share of televisions recycled in Texas, regardless of the brand. It passed unanimously.

If signed into law, it would quickly follow a previous victory for electronics recycling advocates, the 2007 law setting up a recycling program for computers.

Recycling electronics is important because of the toxic metals contained within them. While inside the electronic device the metals are harmless, but become an environmental problem when crushed in a landfill. Old televisions contain between four and eight pounds of lead, and flat screen TVs contain mercury.

“The passing of this bill will allow nonprofit organizations, like Goodwill, and local governments to put more funds into the community, instead of paying the expense to properly recycle non-working televisions,” said Christine Banks, vice president of environmental business services at Goodwill Industries of Central Texas.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More 81st Legislature
The Senate Shuffle
The Senate Shuffle
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst makes surprise committee switches

Richard Whittaker, July 14, 2010

The Four Horsemen of the Deficit
The Four Horsemen of the Deficit
Examining the new House committees on state spending

Richard Whittaker, Jan. 13, 2010

More Environment
Mixing Up Your Environmentalism
Mixing Up Your Environmentalism
Plateaued on your earth-friendly efforts? Here are a few ideas to help.

Bonny Chu, Nov. 30, 2018

SXSW Eco 2015: <i>Racing Extinction</i>
SXSW Eco 2015: Racing Extinction
Mass extinction is coming, and we're to blame

Richard Whittaker, Oct. 7, 2015

More by Lee Nichols
Game Changer
Game Changer
A new football culture for Austin bars

Oct. 23, 2015

Beer Flights
Beer Flights
Celis: welcome home

Aug. 17, 2012


Environment, 81st Legislature, digital television switch, recycling, Texas Campaign for the Environment

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle