Analog dumping

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You see them everywhere in Bloomfield, on sidewalks and sometimes in front of houses they don't belong to. Numerous as wildflowers growing curbside, these relics of outmoded technology can't even protest their own abandonment. They wait for no one because no one comes, certainly not the city's Department of Environmental Services.

In spite of hours of service, unfashionable TVs do not go on to analog heaven. Owners are required to use "drop-off" locations or make a "digital trade" at BestBuy, in exchange for hauling a set away. But not all TV owners have the actual wherewithal to do any of this.

Small surrounding boroughs and townships take the environment seriously by picking up TVs, tires and appliances for their taxpayers. A $1 to $2 annual surcharge on every city household would be gladly paid if such objects were picked up even just one or two days out of the year. Not all of us want to "gut" old TV sets and turn them into planters. It's a problem. And it can be your problem, too, if one day you wake up to find that The Analog Fairy left a bundle of old technology outside your front door.

Oh, that these abandoned sets could somehow plug in and turn on Pittsburgh's city council meetings for passersby who step around them while pondering the phenomenon.

Deputy Director
Lower Bloomfield Unity Council



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