e-waste alert: Recycle your old TV or computer

Courtesy of Canterbury-Bankstown Express - 10/11/2009

e-waste alert: Recycle your old TV or computer

express_10112009_ewaste_thumbThe introduction of Canterbury Council’s e-waste collection starts on Saturday at the northern end of the Shakespeare St carpark in Campsie.

To coincide with National Recycling Week, Canterbury Mayor Karl Saleh (left) – has announced the introduction of a new electronic waste collection and recycling service that will help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

“Electronic waste, like computers or televisions, is becoming an increasing problem across Australia, with the amount growing at over three times the rate of general waste,” Cr Furolo said.

“Five hundred thousand computers were recycled around Australia in 2006. While this may seem like a lot, compare that to the 1.6 million that were thrown away.”

Cr Furolo said an estimated 2.4 million new computers were purchased in Australia every year, replacing older models, many of which were thrpwm away and ended up in landfill.

“E-waste does not only include computers – think about televisions, printers, scanners, modems, DVD players, CD players, VCRs and gaming machines – so you can only imagine how big the problem will become if it is not addressed immediately.

“And with the discontinuations of the analogue service for televisions soon coming into effect, the problem will only get worse.”

E-waste items can end up in landfill and be highly toxic and environmentally damaging.

“Many people might not know that most types of electronic waste contain many valuable resources that are recoverable and reusable, so there is no need for them to end up in landfill.

“Often much less energy is needed to recover these resources thatn to produce new materials.

“It’s important for us all to start to focus on the correct disposal of e-waste in order to create the least impact on the environment.

For more information on e-waste phone the council’s waste education officer on 9789 9485.