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Texas on Verge of Passing Television Recycling Bill

A bill governing the recycling of televisions may soon be officially on the books in Texas.

Texas’s House of Reps. recently approved a bill that would require the makers of televisions to offer a recycling program to consumers in Texas. The bill has been approved by the Senate, and may soon hit the desk of the governor.

This measure is intended to help keep toxic mercury and lead out of the landfills throughout the state, while also creating new jobs within the recycling sector.

Texas  enacted a similar law pertaining to computer recycling in 2007, and in 2010, more than 20 million pounds of electronic waste was recycled by computer makers. This law will extend these same rules and regulations to the television manufacturers.

The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Democratic Senator Kirk Watson of Austin. He also worked diligently on the bill that enacted computer recycling regulations throughout the state.