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CEA: Consumers to Donate, Sell or Recycle Analog TVs

2 Apr, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Among consumers who receive television broadcast signals over-the air, 95% plan to either sell or donate their TVs following next February's mandatory switch from analog to digital transmissions, according to a new report.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) found that fewer than 15 million TVs would be removed from households through 2010, with 48% of affected households planning to purchase a digital converter box and continue using the same TV.

The news is a plus for environmentalists concerned the approaching digital transmission deadline would result in an avalanche of discarded or abandoned analog TVs.

“While some have speculated that millions of TVs would enter the waste stream, this new study suggests that is not the case,” said Tim Hebert, senior director of market research for the CEA.

Hebert said 87% of respondents were aware and felt it was important they recycle their analog TV.

The study found that 30% more TVs were recycled in 2007 than in 2005. While just 3% of consumer electronics devices were removed from homes in 2007, 27% more were recycled and 7% fewer were tossed in the trash.

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