Viewers across North Yorkshire are being encouraged to use the digital TV switchover to boost recycling.
The Tyne Tees region is the last in England to switch from an analogue to a digital signal. The first part of the changeover took place on September 12, and the second phase is scheduled for September 26.
North Yorkshire County Council is urging people who buy new television sets for the changeover to be sure to recycle their old receivers at one of the council’s twenty household waste recycling centres, where they can be dismantled to separate the materials for further processing. Up to 98% of the materials salvaged from old televisions can be recycled.
County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Waste Management said:
The digital switchover does not need to create more waste.
If people take their TVs to one of our household waste recycling centres, the County Council will make sure they are all recycled safely.
For more information about the digital switchover, visit www.digitaluk.co.uk
To find the location of the nearest household waste recycling centre and opening times, visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/hwrc or contact Waste and Countryside services on 01609 532512.