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October 28, 2010

Switchover causes number of dumped TVs to soar

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by Janet Harris

People seem to be using the digital switchover as a reason to upgrade their TVs, and recycling centres are overflowing with the unwanted equipment.

In Warwickshire, which is due to switchover in September next year, record numbers of TV sets are being dumped, even though seventy per cent of them still work and could easily be converted to digital.

Warwickshire Waste Partnership is asking local people to consider hanging onto their analogue sets and using them as a back up, even if they buy a new set for their living room.

A similar situation happened in Cumbria, which switched over last November.

However in the Channel Islands, which will be the next region to switchover, on 17 November, fewer than expected sets are being dumped.

In Jersey around 150 TV sets are being taken to the tip each week.

As the islands are relatively affluent, this could be because many households have already converted to digital.

Digital UK, a not for profit organisation formed to help consumers convert to digital TV, advises that anyone buying new equipment should make
sure it has the ‘digital tick’ logo.

This will ensure that it will continue working after the switchover.

Almost any analogue set can be converted with a digital box, so there is probably no need to scrap your old set.

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