New Zealand Braces for CRT Surge
New Zealand is switching to digital transmission in 2012 and is bracing for a surge of CRT televisions to be brought in for recycling. The government is urging businesses to expand their infrastructure for e-waste recycling with a program called “TV Take Back.” “The falling price of new TVs, international sporting events and the national switchover to digital transmission from 2012 are all fuelling a change from older cathode ray tube sets to flat screen high definition LCD and plasma TVs,” said Environment Minister Nick Smith. The country estimates that approximately 2.2 million CRTs will be brought in for recycling once the digital transmission goes into effect. So far, $1.4 million has been directed to a network of 35 permanent drop-off depots. You can read more here.