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'Big switch' spurs recycling

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The switch to digital television can be confusing and intimidating, but it means big business for the recycling industry.  

 Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful collected more than 400 old television sets back in February when the switchover was originally scheduled. They continue to get calls from people wanting to dispose of their old TV's.

They're happy to see many people are doing the right thing by recycling.

"TV sets have hazardous material in them, they can have as much as four pounds of lead and so we have to pay to properly dispose of those materials and $10 is a small investment to do the right thing," said Judy Bowles of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful.  

You don't have to get rid of that old TV to pick up a digital signal. If you receive your signal using cable or Dish Network, the switch will be automatic. If you use an antenna you need a digital converter box.

 If you already use a digital TV or converter box to watch WALB, remember to rescan Friday because we're moving from digital channel 17 to digital channel 10.

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