Apartment Earth: Pick-Up of Your TV? Possible Cash-for-TV Clunkers Programs

Imagine you buy a new television, and, they pick up and recycle your old TV for you. That reality might soon exist in New York City, Washington, D.C. and California. Proposed laws will increase the energy efficiency of new television sets and possibly require haul away, too.

Think of it like a "Cash for Clunkers" program for televisions instead of cars.

"New York City is tussling with TV makers in court over a municipal plan to force them to pick up and recycle residents' cast-off sets," writes Jonathan Takiff of Philadelphia Daily News in a column titled "Tuning in to Green." "By one estimate, this 'apartment-door-to-recycling-center' service would cost $121 per TV, which would sink already low-margin TV makers in a sea of red ink."

Washington, D.C. residents are working to establish more stringent 4.0 and 5.0 Energy Star standards for all new televisions, to be implemented in 2010 and 2012. Meanwhile, California is moving to block the sale of high-energy consumption big-screen televisions.

Me? Well, I still enjoy a large television discarded by a former roommate and hauled up my four-floor walk-up in exchange for a case of beer. Perhaps, the beer-for-television trading days are coming to a close.

More cash-for-clunkers news! Check out what ShelterPop is saying about a possible similar program for kitchen appliances.

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via Philadelphia Daily News
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