New law bans TV’s, computer monitors from trash

Starting July 1, 2006, Minnesota residents will no longer be able to put televisions and computer monitors in the trash, according to state law. Televisions and computer monitors are hazardous because they contain up to eight pounds of lead and can cause an environmental problem if discarded with regular garbage.

Minnesota residents can take advantage of the expanding number of recycling options for old electronic equipment including community collection events, retailers, and manufacturers. Recyclers most often charge a fee to handle monitors and televisions.

To see a list of collection events and recyclers, visit or call your county solid-waste administrator.

Residents of the Twin Cities metropolitan area may also visit or contact their county solid-waste administrators.

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