Recycling specialists estimate a half million computers and TVs were dumped in Wisconsin landfills last year, and only ten percent of old computers were recycled.
California is fine-tuning legislation that calls for manufacturers to set up recycling systems for old computers. Representative Mark Miller is drafting similar legislation in Wisconsin.
Eau Claire County recycling coordinator Jon Tulman says computers dumped in landfills not only take up space, they contain hazardous materials, including lead and mercury.
A new company in Eau Claire, called First Choice Computer Recycling, tears apart old computers and recycles the components.