digital tv ready

The final countdown to digital-only TV is now on with the analog TV switch-off for Sydney and surrounding areas happening on 3 December 2013.

SHOROC and partner councils – Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah – remind local residents that if they’re upgrading their TV they can take old TVs to Belrose or Kimbriki resource recovery centres, where they can be recycled free of charge.

Another option is just to purchase a digital set-top box to use with most existing TVs or ask the retailer if they can recycle the old TV when you buy a new one.

SHOROC President and Warringah Mayor, Michael Regan said in 2009 the SHOROC councils led the way for safer, environmentally friendly disposal of electronic waste, by establishing a system for recycling e-waste rather than collecting it from the kerbside or putting it in landfill.

“This ban and lobbying by SHOROC and its partner councils led to the introduction of a nationwide e-waste recycling scheme in 2011 and the introduction of legislation for extended producer responsibility (EPR) to make manufacturers responsible for the recycling and safe disposal of e-waste. As a result more than 90 per cent of e-waste material is now being recycled,” said Mayor Regan.

Any TVs or other e-waste left out on the kerb for general clean-up will not be collected by councils.

Residents may not need to buy a new TV or may be eligible for federal government assistance. For more information go to: