I spent yesterday at my local Sam's Club -- not inside, but in the parking lot. Twice a year, I volunteer at an e-waste recycling day there that is sponsored by my local club and an organization called Recycling Jackson. I've been doing it for many years. A side note - my husband, a.k.a. "Captain Nature," is the board chairman for RJ as well as a conservation and recycling enthusiast. He's turned me into one as well.
It's amazing what people get rid of -- thankfully, many (but not enough) are recycling, rather than throwing out this stuff. For the first time in I don't know how many years, we were inundated with mostly televisions -- and some really not that old.
Yes, I know flat screen and similar type televisions are the norm today -- except in my house. We don't watch a lot of television. But seriously -- do we always need the best and greatest the minute it hits the market? Based on what I saw yesterday, I guess the answer is "yes." Okay, I'm not going to get people to stop buying electronics the minute a new one appears on the retail horizon. But, do me a favor and read these recycling facts and statistics by dosomething.org, a social change organization for young people.
Then recycle the electronic device you are replacing. It's not that hard to do.
11. Electronic items that are considered to be hazardous include, but are not limited to:Televisions and computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes, LCD desktop monitors, LCD televisions, Plasma televisions, Portable DVD players with LCD screens.