More drop points for unwanted TVs

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 30/05/2013

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Five additional drop points for unwanted televisions have been added in South Canterbury in conjunction with the Government's TV TakeBack programme.

The new drop-off points are the Redruth Transfer Station at 23 Shaw St, Pleasant Point Transfer Station at 23 Beck Rd, Geraldine Transfer Station at 150 Te Moana Rd, Temuka Transfer Station located at 45 Wilmshurst Rd and Waimate District Council Resource Recovery Park in Park Rd, Waimate.

Under new Timaru bylaws televisions are banned from landfill and can be dropped off at all transfer stations for $5 each.

The new sites join one existing TV TakeBack drop-off point at the Noel Leeming store in Timaru's Stafford Mall.

The TV TakeBack programme includes Environment Ministry subsidising separate recycling quotas for retailers and councils throughout the country.

Three of the four local appliance stores that offered cheap or free television recycling have reached their subsidised quotas.

The TV TakeBack programme, launched by the Environment Ministry, is an initiative to encourage the public to recycle their old televisions, diverting them from landfill.

Glenn Wigley, TV TakeBack operations manager at the Environment Ministry, said televisions contained valuable components such as copper and steel which could be recycled locally, or sent overseas to specialist recyclers.

"Metals such as steel can be melted down and used in new items for the construction or agricultural industries; precious metals such as gold can be recovered in specialist facilities overseas for use in new electronic items.

"Glass can be remanufactured overseas into new televisions or monitors, used for sand blasting or in industrial processes. We're encouraging anyone with an unwanted television to take it to one of the many collection points."

The Government has committed funding from the waste minimisation fund for TV TakeBack, to cover investment in recycling infrastructure, subsidies for television recycling, and a public awareness programme.

According to TV TakeBack, nationally, 71,000 television sets had been recycled so far and 400,000 were bought annually.

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- The Timaru Herald

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