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What to do with your old TV

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- More and more consumers are turning away from their console TVs and turning to high-definition.

The move is leaving many families wondering what to do with their old console now that the upgrade has been made to a flat-screen.  The Christmas season is busy for many retailers, but it's the following days after the holiday where business really picks up at the Olmsted County Recycling Center.

The county will take your old TV, computer monitor, and many other items. For Tina Truax, she found herself asking the same question as many this year regarding her aging big screen.

"I've had it for about 10 years now so it lasted well. And it still runs but I basically was needing or wanting a flat screen or something bigger," said Truax who explained her new TV was a gift to herself.

There are a couple more drop off-sites you can go to. At Best Buy in Rochester, they will take a 32 inch or less television for free. In Cerro Gordo County, the Landfill of North Iowa in Clear Lake will take TV sets and computer monitors for $13 each.

But the manager of the Best Buy store in northwest Rochester cautions that they cannot accept console TVs including as sets with wood furniture framework.  Some of the larger Best Buy distribution centers might accept them, but it's best to check first with the store manager to make sure.  Best Buy has a detailed electronics recycling program.

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