Kent County's Department of Public Works used to accept old-style cathode ray televisions and recycle them at no cost to residents.
Kristen Wieland manages recycling for the county. She says television manufacturers used to financially support Michigan's television recycling programs, but they've stopped doing it.
So, the county is asking residents to cover half the cost of recycling an old t.v. and hoping for the best.
"When you ask someone to pay for recycling it doesn't always go over well," she says.