Disused televisions free to good recycling home

THE national switch-over to digital TV has prompted a push to recycle old televisions.

Macedon Ranges and other analogue reception regions across the country will move to digital today.

The digital TV network was rolled out in Bendigo in 2011.

Eaglehawk Future Employment Opportunities recycle centre and Bendigo Harvey Norman are collecting all televisions free of charge as part of a national recycling scheme.

FEO manager Peter Cox said the centre was getting about 200 television sets and computers dropped off each week since the scheme began at the start of the year. 

Harvey Norman has filled more than 10 collection bins worth of televisions at its Kangaroo Flat store.

The recycling scheme aims to boost the recycling rate for televisions and computer products from about 17 per cent of all electronic waste in 2010 to 80 per cent by 2022.

Victorian Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith said the digital switch-over was a timely reminder to recycle disused and redundant sets, preventing potentially hazardous materials from ending up in landfill.

He said it would also help prevent illegal dumping.

“Electronic  waste  is  one  of the fastest growing waste streams; growing three times faster than other waste, which is why the government is taking action," Mr Smith said.

Across the state there are more than 130 collection centres that are listed at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

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