According to the EPA, Americans discarded nearly 27 million TVs alone in 2007 - while nearly 100 million more were shoved into closets, basements and garages. Environmentalists say recycling TVs and other electronics helps conserve natural resources and reduce energy use while lowering climate-changing greenhouse-gas emissions. Industry leaders that include Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba have already signed on to the challenge - which since its inception in 2003 has led to the recycling over 200 million pounds of products.
You may recall Texas lawmakers passed a bill last spring that now requires all computer manufacturers who sell their products in the state to offer a free and convenient recycling program. Several environmental groups in the state are asking lawmakers this session to amend the bill to include television recycling as well.