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Time to get rid of that old TV!

By johnboy 15 April 2010 15

The Chiefly Stanhope is warning that you’ve got until 27 April to chuck out your old TVs before he whacks another filthy great levy on them:

From 27 April 2010, televisions will be banned from going to landfill and recycled for a fee at the Mitchell and Mugga Lane Resource Management Centres.

The ACT is the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce a ban on televisions going to landfill. It was also one of the first to ban e-waste from being dumped in landfill in 2005.

The fee for recycling televisions at the Mitchell and Mugga Lane Resource Management Centres will range from $15 to $40 depending on the size of the television set.

Or you can do what everyone else does with CRT monitors right now… dump them in the neighbours skip with some cardboard boxes on top.

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psamuels 5:26 pm 02 Jul 10

There’s a group that’s building awareness to TVs polluting the world with an online graveyard called JUNKED TV at http://www.junkedtv.com

Lonely TV’s are now a permanent fixture on our sidewalks – it’s an odd phenomena when you take the time to notice it – If you see a junked tv on the side of the road take a pic and email it to them to add it to the campaign.

Ceej1973 5:08 am 22 Apr 10

How do you think the ACT Guvment is going to acheive their “No waste by….(what was the date?)” scheme??? By not allowing waste into the Tip of course!

Pandy 12:28 am 16 Apr 10

But wait, i have engraved my ACT drivers license number on the back of the telly. means I better be careful when I dump it to the entrance of Bruce.

Mr Waffle 9:15 pm 15 Apr 10

“The company mentioned at the end of the media release, Renewable Processes, is a local Canberra company who’ve just started out and are all about recycling e-waste. There’s a cost involved with them too.”

I think it was win news that showed one of the Greenies complaining that the company doing it was an international company (and why couldn’t a local company do it)…?

cleo 8:58 pm 15 Apr 10

Well the private dwellings around my area dump monitors etc at our govie bin area, I gave my old monitor to a neighbour.

cranky 7:55 pm 15 Apr 10

Yet another way for Jon (Just shoot the messenger) Stanhope to be able to afford Grasby statues.

hallenbeck 7:32 pm 15 Apr 10

Yes it costs you money to do the right thing and dispose of these things responsibly, but there’s a cost involved in recycling electronic equipment such as computers, TVs and monitors, and I imagine you’ve gotta go through a pretty high number of machines before you start to pull a profit from the precious metals etc you’ve extracted.

The company mentioned at the end of the media release, Renewable Processes, is a local Canberra company who’ve just started out and are all about recycling e-waste. There’s a cost involved with them too.

If you want to do the right thing but don’t want to pay money to the bloody ‘guvnmt’, go give your business to Renewable and help support a local business. It’d be pretty bloody poor form of the ‘guvnmt’, probably contractually obliged with the current recycling tenderer, if they didn’t charge for this service given there’s a local small business trying to do the same thing.

justin heywood 7:27 pm 15 Apr 10

From the press release:
“Mr Stanhope said the user-pays scheme would continue until the National E-waste Scheme was introduced in the ACT next year, which would provide for free e-waste recycling.”

So this is an interim measure until a free recycling service is introduced next year. Any fool could tell Stanhope that the imposition of a fee will simply result in increased dumping of E-waste.

So, what is the point of this? It won’t help the environment. Is it all for the sake of a press release?

Golden-Alpine 7:14 pm 15 Apr 10

I feel that seeing as the Federal Government is turning off the Analogue TV signal and is now encouraging people to go ditigal all old CRT style TVs should be free to dump. This should then discourage people dumping illegally. People wishing to dump plasma or lcd tvs should still be charged.

georgesgenitals 6:31 pm 15 Apr 10

Throw them from your car while driving at 130km/h on thr parkway.

p1 5:03 pm 15 Apr 10

I’m guessing the the [revolve/Aussie Junk/Theiss] type places will stop taking TVs now, since they won’t want to pay to dump them if it turns out there is anything wrong with them.

I assume that after having us all pay to drop it off, the ACT gov’t will simply ship it to China for recycling?

Thumper 4:04 pm 15 Apr 10

Smash them up with a hammer, put the pieces in a plastic bag and then put in wheelie bin.

Easy 🙂

Seriously, what stupid policy. TVs are going to end up in lakes, creeks, on footy ovals, behind shops, you name it.

troll-sniffer 3:11 pm 15 Apr 10

Typical guvmnt reaction, failure to think outside the square. Monitors and TVs up to about 34cm fit in the neighbour’s garbage bins, larger than that usually require a trip to the skip at the back of the local shops, or a nature strip in the next suburb. The guvmnt and goodie goodies around can whinge about the practice but it has been happening and it will happen even more.

Surely it would be better to allow a drop-off of old electronics items in a central location, a relatively small cost to the guvmnt, and a possible resource furhter down the track when recycling all the components becomes viable, as I’m sure it eventually will. Aren’t there examples around of machinery developed to shred and recover metals and plastics from computers?

harvyk1 1:46 pm 15 Apr 10

Seriously, with the cost of disposing old CRT’s, does Mr Stanhope really think that people will pay the amount when dumping old TV’s in skip bins or on the sidewalk is free? (especially at 3am)

I know that e-waste is a serious problem, however a user pays system for it is liable to make people dump stuff at the side of the road as the odds of being caught doing so (as a once off) is pretty slim.

Thoroughly Smashed 11:48 am 15 Apr 10

Or you can do what everyone else does with CRT monitors right now… dump them in the neighbours skip with some cardboard boxes on top.

Or leave them on the nature strip for the friendly neighbourhood kids to play with.

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