Digital switchover prompts rise in TV dumping

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Apparently the digital switchover has led to a big increase in the number of televisions being dumped in the Cumbrian region.

Cumbria County Council has revealed statistics that show a 70 per cent rise in discarded televisions since the analogue TV signal was switched off.

This backs up data from Devon County Council which reported a 50 per cent rise in dumped televisions in the last quarter.


With Granada currently going through the digital switch, the dumped sets are obviously a concern, although some manufacturers – like Sony – have come up with scrappage money-off offers.

And, lest we forget, the mass dumping of TV sets also coincides with the arrival of Jedward on our programmes.

Via The Guardian


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