Where Will the Analog TVs Go?

Next year, analog broadcasts of television programming will cease (more or less, but that’s another story). It is possible that millions of analog TVs will become obsolete overnight (if they get their content over the air with an antenna). A new study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates that this will amount to fewer than 15 million televisions throuhg 2010, and 95% of these are likely to be sold, donated, or recycled.

The good news here is that the count of sets getting recycled is increasing — up 30% in 2007 over 2005 — while the number of sets ending up in the trash has declined by 7% (for consumer electronics products in general). It’s not always easy to recycle electronics such as old televisions, but more individuals and communities are making the effort.

Nearly half of the homes that get their TV signal over the air plan to just get a digital converter box and stick with their old television set, and that alone will keep a lot of TVs out of our nation’s landfills.