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TV recycling subsidy limited

Last updated 05:00 07/02/2014

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More than 15,000 unwanted televisions have been recycled by Aucklanders in the first three months of the TV TakeBack scheme.

But a government subsidy will soon end with 23 per cent of the region's quota used up, Environment Ministry operations director Mike Mendonca says.

"Once a region's TV collection quota is met, New Zealanders will be required to pay more to dispose of their sets responsibly and fewer collection points will be available once the programme ends," he says.

Television in Auckland went digital on December 1 last year.

Unwanted televisions can be recycled for a fee of up to $5 until the subsidy runs out.

The old cathode ray tubes contain hazardous materials that can be harmful if released into soil or waterways, as well as valuable components such as copper and steel that can be recycled.

"Safe recycling reduces the risk of contamination, minimises waste going to landfills and means tonnes of waste can be recycled and re-used in other products," Mr Mendonca says.

Metals such as steel can be melted down and used in new items for the construction or agricultural industries. Precious metals can be recovered in facilities overseas for use in new electronic items. Glass can be processed overseas into new televisions or monitors.

Go to tvtakeback.govt.nz for a list of recyclers.

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- Eastern Courier

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