Most New Zealand TVs head to landfill
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
In New Zealand, only 1 percent of unwanted televisions and other electronics are being recycled through a government program according to a report from RCN, a large e-scrap recycling company that operates in the country. Instead, the majority of the material is going to landfill or is being disposed of illegally.
New Zealand is wrapping up its transition to digital television, which is expected to prompt consumers to trade in their old sets for new ones.
Although, RCN has received $1.4 million from the government to set up an e-scrap collection network with more than 50 drop-off points and three recycling centers, a $20 charge for recycling CRT televisions and a $14 charge for bulky computer monitors is causing consumers to opt for the less-costly option of dumping these items, according to RCN's e-waste general manager Jon Thornhill in an article in Stuff. He also said that some less-reputable companies will take these items for free, strip the valuables and then dump the rest.
In response to the problem, Thornhill said there should be a mandatory product stewardship scheme that requires electronics manufacturers to take back their unwanted products.