TV TakeBack and Going Digital Targeted Assistance Package

Although the South Island went digital at the end of April, there’s still time for people to take advantage of the TV TakeBack recycling programme and the Going Digital Targeted Assistance Package.

The TV TakeBack programme (operated by the Ministry for the Environment) means that, for a limited time, South Islanders can recycle their old TVs at a cost of no more than $5.  The programme has been successful with more than 50,000 sets collected across the South Island to date.  However, the success means that the South Island’s share of the subsidy is expected to be used up soon – after which the charge is likely to increase to cover the full cost of recycling.

We are encouraging residents to act now and recycle their old TVs at the rate of no more than $5 before the subsidies are used up.  People can find your nearest drop-off point at or by calling 0800 499 700.

It is also not too late for people to take up the Going Digital Targeted Assistance Package, which is designed to help those groups most likely to face the greatest technical and financial difficulties in going digital.  The Package remains open in the South Island until 30 July, but if there are people out there who meet the criteria and are currently without TV, they should call 0800 838 800.

The Going Digital Targeted Assistance Package is available to people who have not already got Freeview, SKY or IGLOO, and who are:

  • 75 and over with a Community Services Card;
  • receiving a Veteran’s Pension;
  • receiving an Invalid’s Benefit; or
  • former recipients of the Veteran’s Pension or Invalid’s Benefit who moved to New Zealand Superannuation at Age 65 or over.

“People taking up the Package will receive a Freeview set-top box, installation, training and technical support; but those who have already gone digital do not qualify for the Package” said Mr Harford.

  • For further information about TV recycling, Visit to find out where your nearest drop-off point is.
  • For further information about the Going Digital Targeted Assistance Package, visit or phone 0800 838 800

Source: Greg Harford, National Manager, Going Digital