Mobile County is holding a TV and computer monitor recycling event at its West Mobile facility today through Saturday, giving residents an opportunity to get rid of cumbersome, old electronics that would otherwise take up space and possibly harm the environment.

The Mobile County Commission opened a state-of-the-art recycling facility at 7450 Hitt Road Nov. 20, 2014. The facility is managed by Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast.

The Mobile County Commission opened a state-of-the-art recycling facility at 7450 Hitt Road Nov. 20, 2014. The facility is managed by Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast.

From 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23-26 the Mobile County Recycling Center located at 7450 Hitt Road in Mobile will be collecting old television sets and monitors, which are typically only accepted at specialized locations because they are difficult to process and the resale value of their recycled materials is at an all-time low.

The members of the Mobile County Commission are getting behind the project, which officials say is providing a good opportunity to safely get rid of obsolete electronics in an environmentally sound fashion. Commission President Jerry Carl said proper disposal keeps “toxic chemicals out of landfills and from alongside roadways,” where he said they often end up because of limited disposal options.

The funding for the four-day event was obtained through a Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) grant intended to offset environmental risks in coastal communities near off-shore oil and gas drilling locations.

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 3.41.03 PM County officials say cheaper and more readily available flat-screen televisions and monitors have created an extensive amount of older, now obsolete models.

That change has all but eliminated the demand for the recycled tube glass that’s used in old television sets and has created what industry experts call a “glass tsunami” as stockpiles of the useless material and associated toxic chemicals have accumulated in landfills across the country.

“The problem now is that the need to dispose of this waste has been growing, but demand for the glass that comes from it has never been lower,” Commissioner Connie Hudson said. “This event provides a responsible option for all our citizens.”

Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast, which operates the county recycling facility, will continue to accept its normal recyclables during this period, while also providing the space for this one-time collection of TVs and monitors.

For more information, contact the Mobile County Recycling Center at (251) 459-8426.