VIEWERS will be able to recycle their old television sets as they replace their screens during the digital switchover.
It takes place in the Tyne Tees region, which includes Wearside and County Durham, on Wednesday and September 26 and will see analogue services switched off.
The change will mean thousands of homes previously in digital blackspots, including areas of Sunderland, will be able to receive Freeview channels.
People watching televisions which still use the old analogue signal will have to upgrade their existing TV with a digital set top box or may have to buy a new digital set.
Old TVs can be recycled at one of the 15 household waste recycling centres across County Durham or, if still working, can be donated to the County Durham Furniture Help Scheme.
Full details of the recycling sites and or the furniture help scheme can be found at www.durham.gov.uk/recycling or contact Durham County Council on 03000 261 000.
Email inquiries can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
More details of the switchover can also be found at www.digitaluk.co.uk