Homes make switch to digital

Bernie Burnett with some of the dumped TVs. www.communitypix.com.au d399422
Bernie Burnett with some of the dumped TVs. www.communitypix.com.au d399422

To convert to digital television, residents were required to buy a digital-ready TV or digital set-top box.

In the months leading up to the switch, the Waste Transfer Station in Canning Vale received an increase in the number of analogue televisions being thrown out, averaging more than two tonnes per week.

Waste manager Bernie Burnett said as a result of the switchover, the amount of televisions dumped had doubled again.

‘We have gone from receiving one container full every week, equating to two tonnes, to receiving two containers full every week,’ Mr Burnett said.

‘There has been an increase in disposals for the obvious reason that the analogue televisions no longer work.

‘I expected that residents would slowly start dumping their old cathode ray tube sets but I think the majority of people made the switch some time ago.’

Televisions received by the Waste Transfer Station are sent to accredited recycling companies in Australia.

Mr Burnett said it was free for residents to drop their old televisions at the station.

For further information, call the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 20 10 13 or visit www.digitalready.|gov.au.