RCN e-Cycle depots in Queenstown and Wanaka stopped recycling
cathode ray tube televisions and monitors last week.
Wanaka Wastebusters general manager Sue Coutts said the
decision was taken because the user-pays charge for TVs
recycled by RCN E-Waste was going up to $40.
''Currently we're charging $25, which we see as the upper
price that people are willing and able to pay when they come
to a recycling centre or transfer station,'' Ms Coutts said.
''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.''
A total of 2575 TVs and monitors from Wanaka and 1114 from
Queenstown have been recycled over the past three years.
''That's a massive amount of electronic waste diverted from
the Victoria Flats landfill,'' Ms Coutts said.
''Our community has really made the most of the opportunity
to get all those old TVs out of the garage so they can be
CRT TVs and monitors are bulky, heavy items that are
expensive to transport and recycle.
Critically, they contain few materials of value to offset
their high recycling costs, unlike computer towers and
The processing partner for the RCN e-Cycle network, RCN
E-Waste, is faced with a backlog of TVs from TV Takeback that
they cannot afford to process under the current contract
Ms Coutts said Lakes district residents should hang on to
their old TVs and CRT monitors until a viable long-term
recycling scheme is in place.
People will still be able to recycle all other electronic
waste at the Wanaka and Queenstown RCN e-Cycle depots
(located at Wanaka Wastebusters and the Frankton transfer
station), including computer towers, laptops, flat-screen
monitors, cables and printers.