The Wanaka Wastebusters Recycling Centre plans to pull the
plug on its television set recycling service today.
General manager Sue Coutts said the decision was taken
because the charge set by the company running the national
service - RCN E-Waste - was increasing from $25 to $40.
She considered $25 ''the upper price that people are willing
and able to pay''.
''We don't think it's reasonable to expect our community to
pay $40 to recycle a TV at the end of its life. I also don't
want to put my staff in a position where they have to take a
lot of flak over the $40 price tag.
''We're disappointed that we have to stop recycling TVs and
monitors, but it reflects the fact that they are bulky, heavy
items which are expensive to transport and recycle.''
Wanaka Wastebusters has recycled 2575 television sets and
monitors from Wanaka and 1114 from Queenstown in the past
Ms Coutts said there was little of value in old television
sets. However, there were some valuable metals in other
electronic equipment, such as computer towers, laptops,
flat-screen monitors, cables and printers, and these would
continue to be collected for recycling.
She suggested people hang on to their old sets until a
''viable long-term recycling scheme'' was in place.