Digital switchover leads to a 40% increase in TV recycling

The digital switchover has led to an increase in television recycling. Download here.

The digital switchover has led to a 40% rise in the number of televisions being recycled, which is good news for golfers with a green conscience.

Almost every part of a television can be recycled, including glass screens that can be transformed into bunker sand for golf courses and plastic parts that can be reused for products including phones and computers.

In the first six months of 2012, Surrey County Council recycled around 28,000 televisions, which represents a 40% hike on the same period in 2011.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “The big TV signal change from analogue to digital has led to a surge in sets being taken to our recycling centres, as viewers made sure they weren’t left with a blank screen.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment. Download here.

“Up to 95% of a television can be recycled and kept out of landfill, which saves taxpayers money and benefits the environment. Plastic can be melted for phones and computers, copper can be recycled and used in items like kettles or toasters and the glass can be made into sand for golf course bunkers.”

The televisions recycled in the first six months of 2012 weighed a total of 1,452 tonnes, which is the equivalent of more than three fully loaded jumbo jets. The sets were processed by contractor DHL Enviro Solutions on Surrey County Council’s behalf. 

Earlier this year, it was announced Surrey had reached a 50% household waste recycling rate almost a decade ahead of schedule.

As well as encouraging recycling, Surrey County Council has been working hard to help people reduce the amount of waste they produce in the first place.

This includes the Love Food Surrey campaign which has been helping people throw out less food by encouraging them to shop smarter and use leftovers, while a furniture reuse campaign has stopped tens of thousands of items of furniture being sent to landfill.

The council has also led a drive to get more people composting, which has seen thousands of cut price compost bins sold by the council over the past three years, helping to divert more than 4,000 tonnes of waste from landfill sites.


Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at

Notes to editors

For more information about all the above campaigns, visit

To find out where to recycling your waste, visit and search for ‘community recycling centres’.


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