Digital switchover to be WEEE nightmare

Several residents of the rural area of south Shropshire have gained national support after criticising a government plan to shut down analogue radio signals.

Peter Phillips, Liberal Democrat councillor for Bishops Castle, has gained Local Government Association backing in a campaign to force the government to think about the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) which could be sent to landfill under the plans.

He told the Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser: “The proposed switchover will … have significant carbon footprint implications, as DAB radios consume more power than transistor sets. Waste authorities will be affected in having to dispose of analogue radio sets.”

It is thought that WEEE schemes will be put under extra strain to make sure that the required number of old radios incapable of receiving digital signals are recycled in order to meet regulations. recently reported that a fresh campaign has been started by the Waste and Resources Action Programme in order to get Brits to recycle their small items of WEEE.