769 TV sets re­cy­cled in Waikato

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

More than 760 tele­vi­sion sets have been dropped off for re­cy­cling in Waikato af­ter the first month of the TV Take­Back pro­gramme, the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment says.

The lat­est fig­ures, which co­in­cide with tele­vi­sion in the up­per North Is­land go­ing dig­i­tal on De­cem­ber 1, show 769 TVs have been col­lected at drop-off points as res­i­dents recog­nise TVs can be harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment if they are dumped.

With a to­tal of 12,757 TVs col­lected in the up­per North Is­land so far, a grand to­tal of 155,640 TVs have been col­lected to­gether with the Lower North Is­land, where TV Take­Back is also cur­rently un­der way, and Hawke’s Bay and the South Is­land where the pro­gramme has been com­pleted.

Mike Men­donc¸ a, Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions at the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment, said the Min­istry is en­cour­ag­ing up­per North Is­land peo­ple to use the chance of tele­vi­sion in the area go­ing dig­i­tal to dis­pose of un­wanted TVs re­spon­si­bly.

‘‘ Tele­vi­sion in the up­per North Is­land goes dig­i­tal on De­cem­ber 1 so we’re en­cour­ag­ing those with an un­wanted TV to take it to a col­lec­tion point. Peo­ple know they con­tain ma­te­ri­als such as lead that can be harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment so sets shouldn’t be thrown away.’’

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