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More than 100 million pounds of old electronics kept from Wisconsin landfills

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State officials say over 100 million pounds of old electronic items have been kept out of landfills since a mandatory e-recycling law took effect three years ago.

Sarah Murray, who runs the DNR’s “E-Cycle” program, says it’s amazing how often we replace things like TV’s, cell phones, and computers – and the old stuff adds up quickly.

In the last fiscal year, the program collected over 24 million pounds of TV’s that were not being used anymore. By recycling them, experts say metallic chemicals do not run the risk of polluting groundwater after being dumped in landfills.

Despite the law, Murray says lots of folks still throw their old electronics in the trash – either on purpose, or by accident.

With spring cleaning underway, the DNR reminds residents to use one of over 400 collection sites for recycling their old electronics.

Democrats tried for years to force us to keep things like old electronics out of the trash. They they finally had their chance in 2009, when voters gave the party total control of state government for two years.