Fee of $5 to recycle TVs

Catherine Irvine
Catherine Irvine
More Dunedin collection depots will open today for people to recycle unwanted televisions, Dunedin City Council waste strategy officer Catherine Irvine says.

The council was supporting the Ministry for the Environment's TV TakeBack programme, which encouraged people to recycle unwanted televisions for a $5 fee.

Ms Irvine said about 95% of a television could be recycled. It was important televisions were recycled, rather than dumped, because they contained hazardous materials.

The council had a government subsidy quota to collect 4300 sets for the $5 subsidised fee, she said.

The council was partnering with RCN e-Cycle and would be collecting unwanted televisions at Jacko's Yard, in Thomas Burns St, and Rummage, at the Green Island Transfer Station.

University of Otago property services sustainability co-ordinator Dr Hilary Phipps said students had volunteered to collect unwanted televisions in the car park beside the Wickliffe Press building in Forth St on Saturday and Sunday. The $5 recycling fee applied and the TV set would be given to RCN e-Cycle to dismantle in Christchurch, Dr Phipps said.

Smiths City Andersons Bay manager Vick Veera said unwanted televisions would be accepted for the $5 fee until April 28.

Harvey Norman Dunedin television salesman Hapu Johnson said the store would accept people's first unwanted television free but would charge the $5 fee for any further sets. A Noel Leeming spokeswoman said it charged the $5 recycling fee and would participate in the scheme until the company had reached its nationwide quota of 20,000 sets.

Cargill Enterprises general manager Derek King said it had a government subsidy quota to collect 1359 sets for the $5 fee. Staff would begin recycling the televisions at the South Dunedin site this week, he said.

- shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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