17 Oct 2012

Thousands of old TV sets emerge from the shadows

8:45 pm on 17 October 2012

More than 4000 television sets have been dropped off for recycling in Hastings in the past four days as the region changes from analogue to digital television.

The project, funded by the Government and administered by the district council, exceeded expectations -nearly five TVs a minute were arriving on Saturday.

The Hastings District Council's waste minimisation officer, Dominic Salmon, says the recycling project has diverted the equivalent of 20 shipping containers of waste from the landfill.

He says it has also revealed some relics, including several four-legged wooden sets dating from the 1960s.

The whole country is scheduled to complete the transition to digital by the end of 2013.