Re­cy­cling urged for old TVs

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

South Waikato res­i­dents head­ing to the hol­i­day home over the sum­mer are be­ing en­cour­aged to re­cy­cle their un­wanted tele­vi­sions.

‘‘If you’re at the bach, car­a­van or crib over the sum­mer months, and you want to get rid of an un­wanted tele­vi­sion, it’s best to dis­pose of it re­spon­si­bly,’’ said Mike Mendonca, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment.

The TV Take­Back pro­gramme is a Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive, launched by Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment Amy Adams, aimed at en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to re­cy­cle their old TVs, di­vert­ing them from land­fill.

‘‘ Tele­vi­sions con­tain valu­able com­po­nents such as cop­per and steel, which can be re­cy­cled lo­cally, or sent over­seas to spe­cial­ist re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties, Mr Mendonca said.

‘‘Met­als can be melted down and used in new items for the con­struc­tion or agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries. Pre­cious met­als can be re­cov­ered for use in new elec­tronic items. Glass can be re­man­u­fac­tured over­seas into new tele­vi­sions or mon­i­tors, used for sand­blast­ing or in in­dus­trial pro­cesses.

‘‘TVs also con­tain haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als such as lead that can be harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment, so they shouldn’t be thrown away, but re­cy­cled re­spon­si­bly,’’ Mr Mendonca said.

‘‘ We’re en­cour­ag­ing any­one with an un­wanted TV to take it to one of the many TV Take­Back col­lec­tion points. There are a range of lo­ca­tions to take un­wanted TVs for re­cy­cling and we have been pleased with the great re­sponse to the TV Take­Back pro­gramme so far. Over 170,000 TVs have been col­lected to date un­der the pro­gramme.

‘‘ The Gov­ern­ment sub­sidy to re­cy­cle un­wanted TVs will end soon, af­ter which New Zealan­ders will be re­quired to pay more to dis­pose of their sets re­spon­si­bly.

‘‘Once a re­gion’s TV col­lec­tion quota is met, mem­bers of the pub­lic will no longer have ac­cess to sub­sidised tele­vi­sion re­cy­cling, so if you have an old TV in your hol­i­day house you want to get rid of, it is a good idea to do so through the TV Take­Back while it’s still avail­able.’’

Res­i­dents en­cour­aged to re­cy­cle their un­wanted tele­vi­sion sets.

Mean­while, En­vi­roschools stu­dents in the up­per North Is­land are also be­ing en­cour­aged to re­cy­cle un­wanted TVs and get the chance to win great prizes for their school.

The En­vi­roschools Chal­lenge aims to raise aware­ness among school stu­dents and their com­mu­ni­ties of the need to re­cy­cle un­wanted tele­vi­sions.

When stu­dents re­cy­cle an un­wanted TV at a par­tic­i­pat­ing drop-off site, they can nom­i­nate an En­vi­roschool of their choice. The En­vi­roschool with the best par­tic­i­pa­tion rate will win a Sam­sung tech­nol­ogy pack­age that in­cludes an LED Smart TV and a Home The­atre Sys­tem. All En­vi­roschools nom­i­nated will also go into the draw to re­ceive two Sam­sung Note 8 tablets.

The chal­lenge is a joint ini­tia­tive or­gan­ised by the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment and the En­vi­roschools Foun­da­tion, as part of the TV Take­Back pro­gramme.

The Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted funds from the Waste Min­imi­sa­tion Fund for TV Take­Back, to cover in­vest­ment in re­cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture, sub­si­dies for TV re­cy­cling and an aware­ness plan. Money for the fund comes from a levy charged on waste dis­posed of at land­fills.

Visit tv­take­back.govt.nz for in­for0­ma­tion on the drop-off sites.

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