Tampa, FL December 5, 2008 - In anticipation of the large number of TVs being disposed of as a result of the congressionally-mandated conversion to all-digital television broadcasting, the City’s Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management is coordinating an Electronics-Only Collection Day on Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 4010 W. Spruce Street. This collection day is in addition to the pre-existing biannual Household Chemical and Electronics Collections that are held on the last Saturday of April and October.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is requiring all televisions to run a digital signal by February 17, 2009. All-digital broadcasting will free up frequencies for public safety communications such as police, fire, and emergency rescue. Also, digital is a more efficient transmission technology that allows broadcast stations to offer improved picture and sound quality, as well as more programming options for consumers through multiple broadcast streams (multi-casting). In addition, some of the freed up frequencies will be used for advanced commercial wireless services for consumers.
Before there were plasma screen and liquid crystal display (LCD) tubes, we watched programs on cathode ray tubes (CRT). The CRT model provided room for all switches and wires in a box behind the screen, but it also stored a large amount of lead. Approximately 20 percent of CRTs are comprised of lead, equivalent to between four and eight pounds per unit. Even the smallest amounts of lead can be a serious issue.
Please consider this information and be sure to dispose of your e-waste at a local Household Chemical and Electronics site. Call the Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management at (813) 348-1111, or visit our Web site at www.tampagov.net/solidwaste for more information.
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