Experts Encourage Recycling Electronics Waste

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If you're impressed by what First Choice Computer Recycling workers call the "TV Graveyard," you should have been there two months ago.

"You couldn't even walk through here," said Greg De Voll. "The only path we had through here was for a fork lift to bring in more skids."

Almost a thousand came in during the last 70 days.

So many, that First Choice is no longer a choice for recycling the things.

Onyx's General Manager Thomas Harrison said electronics waste should be recycled.

It's not exactly earth-friendly.

"PCB's, lead or other heavy metals. Those are things we'd just as soon keep out of the landfill."

Managers admit they won't catch every piece of electronic equipment that comes through the residential garbage, but if they do find some that came from your garbage can-they're going to charge you. A TV, for example, is an extra $30 fine.

It may be against Onyx's policy to trash a TV, but it isn't illegal for individuals to do it.

At least one state lawmaker is trying to change that, a proposal county leaders consider a baby step.

"It may be a few years dow the road," said Jon Tulman of Eau Claire County Recycling. "You keep plugging away at it to get people to your side."

Plugging away at the "TV Graveyard" is what the First Choice workers say will let them start accepting more TV's around the second week of January.

"We had to stop taking them for a little while so we can take them apart and get them organized," De Voll said.

They have a sneaking suspicion the graveyard will just grow again, with equipment they'd rather not see left anywhere else.