The management program that released the federal government to face the formidable challenge of over 375 thousand tons of waste requiring special handling, including several thousand tons of hazardous waste, which will bring an end to the era of analog television, no far raises a response, they warn scientists and environmentalists from around the country.

"The plan more than a month together the Ministry of Communications and Transport [SCT] and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources [SEMARNAT] published a formality does not bring anything necessary brings no dates, no brings schedules, not bring who will cover the costs; I read it and it's like if I had not read anything; absolutely not really solve anything, and I think it took for compromise, because it was already stipulated that he had to do so had been committed, but no use at all, "he said, lapidary, the environmental Sofia Chavez Ecovia Project of this city.

He noted that though they are special waste management, which are attribution of state, "are being generated with a federal program that the state did not decide whether it was carried out or not; They never asked, then, the National Program for Switch to Digital Television, is federal and is published in the official gazette; there is talk of a management by the federal government [...] if the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development [Semadet, state] would like to take in hand, would be totally exceeded of the possibilities, and it appears that the serious problem It is that there is no possibility of [recycling] these glasses, should confine if you want to be environmentally safe, but no where and is a high cost [...] I believe that or grab the bull by the horns federation or will pay all the consequences. "

Last June was presented the National Program for Comprehensive Management of Discarded TVs from the Transition to Digital Terrestrial Television; Scientists and environmentalists have launched questions have not been answered: "Why scrap a team that is still functional? Why not return to the original plan to deliver digital signal converters for analog television? and where are they going to go these electronic highly harmful waste to the environment and human health? "according to a statement of the environmental journalist Miguel Angel Alba.

"Although the program appears to contemplate every conceivable aspects such as transportation, storage, transportation, storage, recycling and disposal, says nothing about the places where teams will safeguard desechados.Además, the idea persists that teams analog television signal receivers should be discarded, rather than continue to be used via a signal converter "he adds.

The real risk "is that 375 000 tonnes of this waste end up in the streets, in the woods, on the banks of rivers, which constitute serious problems for the physical and mental health of children, pregnant women and older adults, or that ie the irreversible damage to the environment ".

"It Dismantle an analog television involves taking charge of all components and there is no technology to do so," he said for his part Alethia Vazquez-Morillas, a researcher at the Azcapotzalco Unit of the Autonomous Metropolitan University and member of the Mexican Society of Applied Science and Technology a Solid Waste, AC (Somers).

Replacing analog TVs with digital generate waste that can cause heavy metal pollution, especially the release of lead oxide content in the cathode ray tubes used in old televisions.

Official proposal

The blackout of analog television signals, "which is scheduled to occur finish next December 31, 2015, mean that the country's households will stop using about 40 million analog TVs"

The management program raises through a scheme of shared responsibility among the three levels of government and society for the comprehensive management of analogue television in order to prevent improper disposal, increased by the transition to DTT

To achieve its objective, the program states: Mechanisms of coordination between authorities, information campaigns, set up collection centers and temporary warehouses analog TV, "establishing partnerships with civil society organizations, chambers and industry associations, educational institutions and manufacturers TV "and" authorized to sign contracts with companies that have experience in the recycling of analog televisions, for handling, recycling and proper disposal of their hazardous materials "

Source: SCT