Way back I drew attention to the Green Party’s National infiltrator Nick Smith’s intention to collect 28000 old television sets.
Minister for the Environment Nick Smith today announced that The Great TV Take Back campaign netted 28,000 unwanted TVs for recycling – far exceeding the Government’s expectations.
Great. So what happens now and how much has this whole farce cost so far and what is it going to cost before its over with? Information starkly absent from Nick “Solyndra” Smith’s (as usual) glowing self serving press release.
While browsing through Smith’s press releases I came across this– (abridged)
Next steps in TV Takeback programme
As the TV Takeback programme comes to an end, the Government has been advised that one of the recyclers involved in the initiative is unlikely to be able to meet its contractual obligations.
“RCN E-Waste Ltd has indicated to me it is likely to default on its obligation to process all the televisions it has collected during the programme,” Ms Adams says.
“The Ministry for the Environment is currently investigating the implications of any default, but my priority is to ensure the televisions are dealt with appropriately, and I have asked for options in this regard.
“The Ministry is working with RCN E-Waste Ltd and others in the industry to ensure the remaining televisions are processed appropriately. This is likely to involve more cost, but I have asked my officials to look at options within the original budget for the programme.”
More than 220,000 televisions were collected for recycling during the programme. The Ministry is working with RCN E-Waste Ltd to determine exactly how many televisions are still to be processed. However, indications are this is a significant proportion of RCN E-Waste Ltd’s contracted obligations.
“TV Takeback has been a large-scale collection of e-waste with an emerging industry that has not operated at this scale before.
“It was an opportunity to divert a large quantity of waste that could have ended up in landfill and the programme was successful in motivating communities into taking action on waste.”
This is just one of the idiot schemes that Socialist Smith has haphazardly poured taxpayer money into. He’s been giving away money (like $20 million) on a series of other like “green” business initiatives. I haven’t seen any up to date reporting on what happened with these other investments but it wouldn’t surprise me one damn bit to see the same kind of result repeated more than a few times.