TV recycling will get more expensive

Last updated 12:38 29/01/2014

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Wellingtonians are being urged to recycle unwanted TVs as new figures show the region has been slow to take part in the TV TakeBack programme.

Wellington has collected 4,715 TVs since TV TakeBack was launched in August 2013 and the Ministry for the Environment is warning people to dispose of TVs now or  face paying a higher fee to get rid of sets when the Government subsidy changes.

The initiative encourages the public to recycle their unwanted TVs, diverting them from landfill.

"Those in Wellington City only have a limited time to dispose of their unwanted TVs for no more than $5," ministry operations director Mike Mendonca said.

"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."

TVs contain valuable components such as copper and steel, which can be recycled locally, or sent overseas to specialist recycling facilities.

Metals can be melted down and used in new items for the construction or agricultural industries. Precious metals can be recovered for use in new electronic items. Glass can be remanufactured overseas into new televisions or monitors, used for sand blasting or in industrial processes.

TV TakeBack is also investing in recycling infrastructure and raising public awareness about the benefits of recycling TVs. With increased investment, e-waste recyclers now have the capacity and capability to deal with increased volumes.

The Government has committed funding from the Waste Minimisation Fund for TV TakeBack to cover investment in recycling infrastructure, subsidies for TV recycling and a public awareness programme. Money for the Waste Minimisation Fund comes from a levy charged on waste disposed of at landfills.

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- The Dominion Post

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