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Some people splurged on a new flat screen TV to watch the Super Bowl on and that means some old TV’s will need to go.

“Just for the Super Bowl alone it’s estimated that three and a half million HDTV’s will be sold,” says Sue Johnson with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Iowa DNR is encouraging people to recycle the old screens, as well as cell phones or other electronic devices.

It is estimated that most households have at least 28 electronic devices in the home. At Midwest Recovery in Des Moines, they are licensed by the DNR to tear apart your old electronics

“We accept electronic equipment all the way from VCRs any kind of electronics like that — computers laptops and we recycle them down for their base metal,” says Dave Williams with Midwest Recovery.

“It seems like a lot of people hang on to their electronics, they hoard them in their garage cause they don’t know what to do with them when actually there’s a lot of different places out that that will take them back,” says Johnson.

The old electronics should not be thrown into a landfill due to some dangerous chemicals such as cadmium, lead, and chromium.

Midwest Recovery is located at 1710 Guthrie in Des Moines.