TRENTON (CBS) – Come the new year, New Jersey residents will face new recycling rules for some major appliances in their homes.

So you got a new TV for Christmas? Don’t throw the old one out with the trash. After Saturday, you can’t. Televisions, computers, laptops, and monitors will have to be recycled because they contain things like mercury, cadmium, and lead.

Guy Watson heads up recycling efforts for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“There are literally hundreds of sites that have been set up around the state,” he said. “Many of them are the sites that have been existing for quite a while from the counties or municipalities.”

But you’ll also be able to turn to places like Best Buy, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army to turn in those items and other electronics not necessarily required for recycling, like DVD players, cell phones, printers, and fax machines. Hours and locations may vary; it’s best to check ahead on line at

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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