Recycling your old TV is free

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Relief is in sight for Bay residents who need to get rid of TVs, in the wake of the signal switchover from analogue to digital.

Hastings District Council is urging owners of unwanted TVs to recycle the parts, rather than throw the sets in the rubbish.

The council said recycling would prevent phosphorous and lead being put into the landfill and would allow the re-use of metals such as copper and silver from circuit boards.

Council waste minimisation officer Dominic Salmon said the amnesty period offered residents the chance to get rid of their old TVs and help the recycling effort.

"It is much better that these sets are recycled which will allow the material to be re-used rather than being sent to the landfill," Mr Salmon said. This month, Hastings District Council would join forces with RCN e-Cycle and offer an amnesty for residents who wanted to drop off unwanted television sets.

There would be no cost to leave unwanted TVs at the old Mitre 10 Mega carpark in St Aubyn Street, Hastings, from 9am to 4pm daily.

The disposal operation was for TV sets only - not for other types of e-Waste. At the end of the amnesty period the Environment Centre in Russell Street, Hastings and the Henderson Road recycling centre would continue to accept television sets for disposal but there would be a charge at a discounted rate.

The amnesty period runs from October 13-29, from 9am to 4pm daily, at the old Mitre 10 Mega site in St Aubyn Street, Hastings.

Hastings District residents who live closer to Napier can take their old TVs to the amnesty site at the Mainfreight depot, Tyne Street, Pandora.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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