New Colorado law bans disposal of large electronic devices in landfills

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DENVER -- Starting in July, it won't be "P.C." to dump your PC and other electronic devices in Colorado's landfills.

Each year, more than 48,000 tons of e-waste ends up in dumps.

But a new law goes into effect this summer that bans the disposal of TVs, computers, DVD players and devices with screens larger than four inches in landfills.

"We don't want to see electronics thrown in the dump because it is a waste of materials and resources that are still very valuable and really a commodity," says Wolfgang Gangkray, an environmental protection specialist.

If you want to get rid of your old electronics, environmental experts suggest recycling them.

Some businesses will charge a fee for the service, but major retailers like Staples and Best Buy will take your used electronics and recycle them for free.

Be sure to remove any personal information from any electronic device before you turn it in for recycling.

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