Old-Style Tube TV at Home? No More Free Recycling in Oswego
Aug 04, 2015 11:38AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Older tube-type television sets like this one will now require a $35 residential pickup fee to be recycled in the village of Oswego.
The village of Oswego announced this week, its electronics recycling vendor, New Life Electronics Recycling, will now collect a $35 fee to come to your house and take your old set off your hands.
Residents previously could dispose of the televisions for free at the village's regular electronic recycling events held the second Saturday of every month at the Public Works facility.
"It is very costly to recycle CRT-type televisions," said Michele Brown, the village's community relations manager. "The Village’s contractor limited them to two a person, but the vendor continued to have issues with people trying to recycle more. Businesses or other scrappers would try to drop off larger loads of these televisions, some of which have had the valuable components removed."
Brown also said that many municipalities are experiencing similar programs, and have stopped CRT television recycling programs altogether.
Per state law, electronic items may not be put in with regular trash and must be recycled. For a list of items banned from landfills, visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency website.
To contact New Life Electronics Recycling regarding a TV pick-up, call 866-929-5551 or email email@example.com. Pick-ups are normally scheduled the week of the request, but can take up to three weeks, depending on the current schedule of pick-ups.