Since You Asked: Don't just kill your TV, recycle it

Please, advise me on the environmentally correct way to dispose of used, nonfunctional televisions.

— Terry W., Medford

The garbage collecting company that serves much of Jackson County can safely dispose of televisions in its landfill.

But of course the most environmentally friendly way to get rid of an old television is to recycle it, said Denise Wolgamott, recycle coordinator at Rogue Disposal and Recycling Inc. serving Medford, Jacksonville, Phoenix and Central Point.

"Our landfill is lined, so the environment shouldn't be impacted, but we'd rather fill it with solid waste rather than electronics," Wolgamott said.

ECS Regenesys, 407 Boardman St. in Medford, recycles televisions as well as computers, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, printers, scanners, fax machines, copy machines, microwaves and air conditioners.

The company, however, charges a fee to recycle the electronics. For up to a 31-inch television, the fee would be about $20 and $25 for larger sets.

"The great news is nothing goes to a landfill and nothing goes overseas," said Debbie Rezazadeh, office manager at ECS Regenesys.

The company sends the electronics to Santa Clara, where tin, silver, gold, copper, plastic, wood and other materials are extracted and melted down for reuse.

For details, call 541-772-8023 or visit www.ecsrefining.com. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect contact phone number for ECS Regenesys. The number has been corrected here.

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