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Your old television set has a confession to make: it's toxic, with several pounds of lead in its picture tube. Unless you've already upgraded to a flat panel or liquid crystal display (LCD) model, you've got an environmental hazard on your hands.
Americans dumped an estimated 20.6 million older TVs into landfills in 2005, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That's 639,500 tons of metal, glass and plastic--equal to the weight of nearly 320,000 cars. It also means 59 million pounds of lead, which could potentially leach into streams and drinking water if not properly managed, says Jon Myers, director of public affairs for the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
Originally posted by mdiinican
You realize OP, of course, that digital broadcast TV is still broadcast? That being digital should make it easier to distinguish from natural signals? That blowing up a nuclear bomb about the time that a small portion of analog broadcasting stops would probably just make aliens think "oh you guys"