Surrey's TV digital switchover 'helps golf courses'

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The number of televisions being recycled has risen by 40% since digital switchover, Surrey County Council says.

The council said golf courses were benefiting from analogue switch off as television sets' glass screens are transformed into bunker sand.

In the first six months of 2012 about 28,000 sets were recycled in the county, weighing almost 1,500 tonnes.

John Furey, from the council, said: "Up to 95% of a television can be recycled and kept out of landfill."

He said the TV signal change from analogue to digital had led to a surge in sets being taken for recycling.

"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," Mr Furey said.

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