Television reminder

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AS the second phase of the digital switchover approaches, and the remaining analogue TV channels are switched off, some people might find that they have to replace their televisions so the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is reminding people of the options available for disposing of televisions in West Norfolk.

The digital switchover means that after August 17 people using televisions that used the old analogue signal will have to buy a new digital TV or upgrade their existing set to receive digital signals through a digital set-top box or satellite.

People who decide to buy a new television set can ask their electrical retailer if it will accept their old set for recycling as part of the 2007 Waste Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) Directive.

Alternatively, people can take their set to one of Norfolk County Council’s four household recycling centres, located across the borough, for recycling.

A full list of the sites and opening times can be found on the county council’s website www.norfolk.gov.uk.

Those who are unable to take their old television set to a recycling centre can use the borough council’s bulky household waste service. The council will collect the set, along with up to two other large household items, for £16.12.

Cllr Brian Long, portfolio holder for Environment and Community said: “Our aim is to try to help make it easier for people to dispose of large items like televisions responsibly. We know that not everyone can transport items like this to their nearest recycling centre that’s why we offer the bulky household waste collection service. Because we are licensed to deal with such products people can rest assured that their unwanted goods are being dealt with appropriately.”

To arrange for a bulky waste collection call the borough council’s rubbish and recycling helpline on 01553 776676.

Residents are reminded that large items such as televisions cannot be disposed of via the kerbside collection and will not be collected if left out beside the bins on collection day.