May 27, 2009
A bill that requires television manufacturers to provide Texas residents with a free and convenient way to recycle their used TVs cleared the Senate today and is on its way to the Governor.
The television take-back bill, authored by state Rep. David Leibowitz, D-San Antonio and sponsored by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, had been supported by environmental groups and corporations like Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
Old tube-televisions can contain at least four pounds of lead, which can cause health problems when it enters the water or soil.
Environmental groups had feared such televisions would be thrown out as the nation switches to a digital television signal, making the televisions obsolete if television owners fail to buy a digital converter-box.