Recklessly Abandoned TVs Some lay shattered in back alleys, destined for the landfill. Others were positioned near street corners, as if on display. One joined a chorus line of trash cans. Another was bound and gagged by duct tape. They were television sets deemed outdated, relics of a previous era, unable to compete with their younger, more svelte peers. On Friday, the switch from analog to digital broadcasting finally happened. For the past year, I have been documenting discarded televisions, which became objets d’art dotting our landscape. What will happen to the TV sets that become e-waste? Illinois last year enacted a law banning electronics waste from landfills starting in 2012. Missouri has no similar law - meaning residents can dump TVs with the trash. But televisions do not decompose. Older sets can contain 8 pounds of lead, installed to protect viewers from radiation.