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Getting Rid Of Old TVs Is Costing Phoenix More

(Photo by Christina Estes - KJZZ)
Disposal costs for older TVs are going up in Phoenix.

People who used to donate old TVs to non-profits and resale stores are getting a bad reception — no one wants electronics with cathode ray tubes, or CRTs. That’s what makes older TVs and computer monitors so much thicker and heavier than current models. 

Because Phoenix residents are taking more CRT electronics to city-sponsored Household Hazardous Waste events and transfer stations, the city needs to increase its contract with the company that recycles them.

On Wednesday, council members will vote to amend a contract with eGreen IT Solutions LLC by up to $100,000.

Phoenix doesn’t track the number of CRT electronics it collects but does calculate the weight.

Every month they range from 31,381 to 58,991 pounds. That’s significantly higher than non-CRT electronics, which range from 1,267 to 11,383 pounds per month.

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As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.