Green ICT In Our Own Communities

We have much to learn from all the global Green ICT activities, but we can't forget to pay attention to our own communities. I was reminded of this during a rural bicycle ride, when I saw some abandoned e-waste. One month after trying to alert a responsible entity, the toxic waste is still there.

The United States converted to over-the-air digital television (OTA DTV) eight years ago. No attention was given to analog TV e-waste during the DTV conversion planning and the consequences are still with us.

This old TV set in the woods along a country road. It appears to have been recently dumped to avoid the effort/cost of responsible e-waste disposal. The CRT technology used in these analog TVs can contain several pounds of lead and other toxic materials, but some people are unwilling to pay the the disposal fee of US$10-15.

American governance is a complex set of overlapping jurisdictions, particularly in rural areas. Who has the responsibility for removing this e-waste? I'm posting the location information and sharing it with a number of entities to discover who will take action. I will update with the results.

SW corner of parking lot across the street from Burke Lutheran Church
5720 Portage Road, Town of Burke, Dane County, WI
N 43° 9' 33.23, W 89° 18' 18.63


I sent an email to contacts at the property owner, town, and county a month ago. No one acknowledged the email. I then emailed my elected county official and received a positive response, but there is no indication she has found a county department willing to take ownership. The e-waste was still there earlier this week.

More Green ICT in my community

Sustainability in the City of Madison's municipal ICT

E-waste collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

For more about e-waste worldwide, click on the 'recycle' tag at the top of this post.

For more about Green ICT and media technology, click on the 'Green media' tag at the top of this post.