Recycling urged for old TVs
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.