Consumers think green when considering analog TV disposal

Next year’s DTV conversion will not result in mountains of old analog sets filling the nation’s landfills, if the intentions of over-the-air (OTA) viewers is any indication.

Results from a Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) poll released April 1 show that households receiving only OTA broadcast signals expect to remove fewer than 15 million televisions from their homes through 2010, 95 percent of which will be sold, donated or recycled. Additionally, 48 percent of OTA households say they expect to buy a digital converter box and continue using their existing television.

According to the survey, consumers reported recycling nearly 30 percent more televisions in 2007 than in 2005. That trend also extends to other CE categories. The survey also found that 87 percent of consumers say it's important to recycle their CE devices. Among those consumers who did report throwing away a television in the last year, 42 percent said they weren't aware of recycling programs for electronics.

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