"Lead and mercury are known neurotoxins. Some of the most toxic neurotoxins known. The flame retardants used in the plastics of electronics are already starting to show up in mother's milk samples, in meat and dairy products, even in Tasmanian devils in Australia for instance."
Zac Trahan is with the group Texas Campaign for the Environment. They've issued a report card on TV manufacturers and their recycling plans.
"More than half of the 17 companies that were rated on our report cards got failing grades, because they were not offering free and convenient and responsible recycling programs for their televisions. Sony scored the highest with a B-.Î¾ They were also the first to have nationwide recycling."
Even if stores offer free recycling, there's no guarantee people won't just toss their old sets in the dumpster. Trahan says that's why it has to be and easy and convenient. When people head to Best Buy to get the first season of Friends on DVD...they could simply drop off their old TV while there.
Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.