MOST local residents are gearing up for the switch to digital television later this month, if the number of analogue televisions being dropped off at the Forest Rd landfill is any indication.
Tamworth Regional Council announced the free drop off for E-waste at the Forest Rd Landfill when it launched its second bi-annual bulky household goods pick up last week.
Drop-off of e-waste until the end of November will be free.
Council’s waste services manager Jonathan Beckett said the offer had been put in place as part of the transition to the opening of Tamworth’s new e-waste recycling facility.
“Hundreds of unwanted televisions have been brought to the landfill this month – the free drop off is very timely considering the analogue TV signals will switch off on November 27 and we will have digital-only TV,” Mr
Beckett said. “It seems many local households have new digital TVs and are wanting to dispose of their old ones.
“It’s great that here in Tamworth, any television or electronic waste brought to the Forest Rd Landfill will be disassembled and completely recycled at the new e-waste recycling facility.”
Council has a new management arrangement for e-waste recycling with Joblink Plus, which will open a facility at Taminda at the end of the month.
The new facility will not be open to residents for drop-off of e-waste. Instead any items are to be taken to the Forest Rd landfill small vehicle transfer station, where it will be stockpiled, and later delivered to the Joblink Plus e-waste recycling operation.