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Free TV recycling starts this weekend

Friday 12 October 2012, 12:06PM

By Hastings District Council

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Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers joins Dominic Salmon during preparation for the TV Takeback campaign.
Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers joins Dominic Salmon during preparation for the TV Takeback campaign. Credit: Hastings District Council

HASTINGS

A 16 day amnesty period for recycling unwanted TVs begins tomorrow in Hastings (Saturday 13th October).

Hawke’s Bay was one of the first regions in New Zealand to have the television signal go digital and this has caused an upsurge in the number of older style TVs which are no longer wanted. Hastings District Council is ensuring that residents have the chance to dispose of these TVs in an environmentally correct manner by teaming up with RCN e-Cycle and the Hawke’s Bay Environment Centre to offer a free recycling period. Television sets contain material which can be harmful to the environment while many parts can be recycled and reused.

Hastings District Council Waste Minimisation Officer Dominic Salmon says “This is an opportunity to get rid of your old TVs at no charge. The amnesty site in the former Mitre Ten Mega carpark will be staffed from 9am – 4pm daily from Saturday 13th October until Sunday 28th October. Staff will be on hand to unload the TV’s from your car and they will be placed in a container for transport to RCN e-Cycle recycling facilities in both Auckland and Wellington.

Mr Salmon says “We anticipate a rush over the weekend as residents take the opportunity to get rid of their TVs and we will staff the site appropriately. The free recycling period will run until the 28th October which covers the long Hawke’s Bay Anniversary weekend. We are anticipating a large number of TVs will be dropped off over the long weekend.”

“The free recycling period is for TVs only. Other electronic waste should be disposed of in the normal manner. Following the free recycling period, TVs will be accepted at the Environment Centre or the Henderson Road recycling centre but there will be a small charge.”

Hastings District Council has partnered with RCN e-Cycle and the Environment Centre as part of the TV Takeback project with funding for the recycling of the TVs being provided from the Governments Waste Minimisation Fund. TV Takeback is a project of the Ministry for the Environment.  For more information visit www.tvtakeback.govt.nz


Where: Former Mitre Ten Mega site, St Aubyn Street Hastings
When: Saturday 13th October until Sunday 28th October
Time: 9am until 4pm daily