TV sets and computer monitors are safe when they’re viewed under normal conditions in homes and offices. But when owners discard or dismantle them, the highly toxic materials inside become a serious hazard to your health by breathing or otherwise coming in contact with any of these dangerous materials: Lead: Sets with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contain 4 to 8 pounds. Used in screens and soldered circuit boards. Can cause brain damage, blood disorders, kidney damage and birth defects. Chil-dren are particularly vulnerable. Mercury: Used in lamps of flat-screen liquid crystal displays (LCDs). High levels can contribute to brain and kidney damage, birth defects. Cadmium: Used in phosphor coating of CRT screens. A carcinogen that accumulates in the body and can cause kidney damage. Barium: Used inside CRTs. Short-term exposure can cause neurological problems and damage to heart, liver and spleen. BFRs: Brominated flame retardants are used in wiring. Can disrupt hormones and immune sys-tem, especially in children. PVC: Polyvinyl chloride insulates wires. Can emit highly toxic fumes when burned and can leach out and contaminate the ground if not handled properly.
PROPERLY RECYCLE TELEVISIONS AND OTHER ELECTRONICS WITH SCREENS BY BRINGING THEM TO THE OTTUMWA/WAPELLO COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER LOCATED AT 2415 EMMA ST. HOURS AREM-F 7AM-4PM & SATURDAYS 7AM-NOON. CALL 641-683-0685 FOR QUESTIONS AND FEEINFORMATION.
TVs from households may go to the Landfill or be placed on the curb in Ottumwa for collection by Bridge City Sanitation, but it is necessary to call 641-682-1700 for collection. Commercial TVs may not go to the Landfill.
DISCARDING YOUR TELEVISION?
BE AWARE OF THE TOXINS INSIDE YOUR TELEVISION!