Otago Southland Waste Services manager Mark McKone, of
Queenstown, stands in a container full of televisions,
computer monitors and hard drives, dropped off for
recycling as part of the national TV Take Back programme
which ended this week. Photo by James Beech.
Thousands of old televisions have been recycled from
throughout the Otago region thanks to the Government's TV
Takeback subsidy, which ended in the South Island on Wednesday.
However, Wanaka Wastebusters general manager Sue Coutts said
Southern Lakes householders and commercial operators can
still responsibly dispose of their unwanted, TVs, computers,
monitors, printers, fax machines, mobile telephones and
computer peripherals in Wanaka and Queenstown.
A shipping container loaded with about 100 televisions, plus
assorted computer hardware, awaited yesterday the weekly
collection by Wanaka Wastebusters from the Queenstown
It is the last load towards the total of 675 television sets,
weighing 23.63 tonnes, disposed of under TV Takeback by the
Wakatipu public since the programme began in April.
The volume was significantly more than the 6.49 tonnes of
electronic waste dropped off in 2012-13 and the eight tonnes
dropped off on the last e-Day collection in 2010.
Wanaka Wastebusters received 960 sets weighing 23.63 tonnes
by the end of TV Take Back in Wanaka. Its total followed the
17.5 tonnes of e-waste deposited in 2012-13 and the 5.53
tonnes collected on e-Day in 2010.
E-waste is transported to Christchurch for environmentally
safe dismantling, instead of being dumped in landfills to
release poisonous materials into the soil and water table.
E-cycle charges at both transfer stations revert to $25 for
all TVs, $15 for a cathode ray tube monitor, $12 for a LCD
monitor, $5 for a laptop, $12 for a printer, $5 for a desktop
box and from $46 for a photocopier.
In Clutha, 450 televisions were received as part of the
scheme - 61% of the original 740 cap set for the district.
Clutha District Council waste minimisation officer Laura
Gourley said the drive was ''quite successful'' and began
with a bang as 108 televisions were dropped off in the first
Environment Minister Amy Adams marked the 100,000th
television to be collected for TV Takeback by taking her own
worn-out television to a recycling facility earlier this
In Central Otago, 1397 televisions were disposed of through
the takeback scheme. Central Otago WasteBusters received the
televisions after they were collected at transfer stations in
Alexandra, Cromwell, Ranfurly and Roxburgh.
WasteBusters general manager Trevor Goudie said the
organisation dealt with e-waste, although televisions would
cost $25 to dispose of now the subsidy had been removed.
Since the TV Takeback scheme started in the Waitaki district
in early April, 1800 televisions have been handed in at
recycling centres in Oamaru, Hampden, Palmerston, Kurow,
Otematata and Omarama.
Initially, Waitaki had funding for 896 televisions, but extra
funding was received for a larger quota due to its