New digital TV? TakeBack your old one this Saturday
New digital TV? TakeBack your old one this Saturday.
Television goes digital on Sunday. After Sunday those with an older television set who have not replaced it or installed a Freeview or Sky decoder will wake up to no TV. For those who purchased new televisions and now have redundant TV’s lying around the house, Saturday is the day to dispose of them ethically.
Locals will have a second chance to take advantage of the Government’s TV TakeBack scheme. The scheme is a Government initiative supported by Gisborne District Council to encourage people to recycle their old TVs, diverting them from landfill.
Gisborne TV TakeBack days will be held at the Railway Yard in Grey Street between 9am and 3pm on Saturday 28 September and Saturday 12 October. The cost is a gold coin.
Rural residents have just one week left to advantage of the government subsidy. TV’s can be taken to a rural transfer station during the hours they are open until 4 October. The cost is one blue rural rubbish sticker.
Over 372 TVs were recycled in Gisborne after the last TV
TakeBack on Saturday 14 September. Others have been recycled
through the rural transfer stations.
TVs contain valuable materials that can be re-used in new products, as well as hazardous ones that can be harmful if they find their way into soils and waterways. These include lead, mercury and cadmium. We need to keep TVs out of our landfills.
Workers wearing protective safety clothing have broken the recycled TVs down into parts. Some material such as copper, aluminium, other metals, and unleaded glass can be further processed in New Zealand. Other material such as leaded glass and circuit boards generally go offshore for recycling.
There is a cost to recycle a TV as the value of the materials is currently less than the cost of transport and recycling.