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Before You Buy a Television

If you choose to purchase a television, you should consider purchasing one that has a digital tuner.

Remember, you only need to consider this option if you receive your TV signals using an outdoor antenna or "rabbit ears", and your local broadcasters have switched to digital. If you watch television via cable, satellite, or the Internet, you are not affected by the transition to over-the-air digital television.

Be sure to do your research first. Talk to retailers, read consumer magazines, shop around, and always set a budget.

Disposing of Your Old Television Sets

It is important to dispose of your old television set properly because electronic waste (e-waste) may contain toxic and hazardous substances (such as mercury or lead) that could pose risks to human health and the environment if managed improperly. For this reason, it is important to ensure that e-waste collected for recycling (or final disposal) is sent to authorized facilities that operate in accordance with principles of environmentally sound management.

Currently, the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island have regulations and programs in place requiring producers, (i.e. brand owners, first importer or manufacturer), to ensure the proper end of life management of their electronic and electrical products. The Quebec government offers a repertory of refurbishing, recycling and processing organizations. To find out more about these provincial initiatives, visit the Electronics Recycling Information section of our Resource Centre.

For more information about the availability of environmentally sound options for the management of your old television, please visit Environment Canada's Web site or contact your municipal government.