Are you set for the digital TV changeover?
Palmerston North residents have a limited-time offer to recycle their old TVs at a cost of $5.
The TV TakeBack programme started yesterday, a joint effort between the city council, Ministry for the Environment and RCN e-Cycle.
The discount offer has been timed to coincide with the imminent demise of analogue technology in Manawatu and the switch to digital TV on September 29 that will make older TVs redundant.
After the change, people will need to have Freeview, Sky, IGLOO or Vodafone TV.
Council rubbish and recycling asset engineer Natasha Simmons said it was an ideal opportunity for residents to get rid of old TVs in an environmentally friendly way.
"TVs need to be recycled responsibly as they contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, phosphorous, mercury and brominated flame retardant plastics."
The temporary TV Takeback drop-off site is at the Waldegrave St entrance to Arena Manawatu and will be open seven days between 9am and 4.30pm.
The scheme has been launched in more than 20 North Island towns and cities. Almost 105,000 TVs have been collected for recycling during earlier phases of the programme.
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