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Last reviewed: Fri, 25 Oct 2013

TV TakeBack programme

The Television Takeback programme is complete in the South Island. Recycling of televisions is no longer being subsidised in the South Island through the Ministry for Environment. Televisions may still be dropped off at electronic recycling facilities, the cost is approximately $25.00 per television. They may also be disposed of as rubbish at transfer stations.

Televisions contain many materials which can be recycled such as copper, precious metals and glass. They also contain materials that can be harmful if released into soil or waterways, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Safe recycling takes away risk of contamination and reduces waste going to landfill.

What happens when I drop off my television to be recycled?
Televisions dropped off for recycling are taken to national recycling facilities where they are taken apart. Components are recycled locally or sent to specialist facilities overseas. The recycled material has a variety of uses. For example, copper around the electron gun can be recycled into new cabling. Degaussing wire that sits around the front of the screen is high grade iron that can be recycled into metal goods, such as nails, nuts and bolts.

Further information about the nationwide TV TakeBack programme is available on the Ministry for the Environment website

Electronic waste may be accepted for recycling at:

Please contact the sites before dropping material off to ensure that they are able to accept it.


Authorising Unit: Communications

Last reviewed: Friday, 25 October 2013

Next review: Friday, 25 April 2014

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