769 TV sets recycled in Waikato
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.’’