TVs get cheap flick
Cheap dumping fees for old televisions are available now the whole country has turned digital.
South Waikato District Council has joined the TV Takeback scheme promoted by the Ministry for Environment to help people dispose of their old TV sets in an environmentally friendly way.
The push follows the digital changeover on December 1.
Dumping fees for the old sets have been cut back to a maximum of $5 depending on the weight from the standard $10 fee.
The scheme started on October 26 and will finish when the council reaches its quota of 1024 sets, or at the end of March, whichever comes first.
Council services manager Andrew Pascoe said only 223 sets had been dumped so far.
He encourages people to take advantage of the cheap fees before the scheme ends.
The Government estimates there are 500,000 old CRT TV sets nationwide, with 2500 in the South Waikato.
The council has entered a partnership with RCN E-WASTE for the programme.
Cheap dumping: Krione Maika loads another TV into the the first container of TV sets from the Tokoroa area.