New waste service — Safely dispose of old electronic equipment

Courtesy of The Torch - 5/8/2009

New waste service — Safely dispose of old electronic equipment

torch_05082009_largeRESIDENTS will now be able to dispose of unwanted TV’s, computers, video recorders and mobile phones.

An e-waste collection services was approved at council’s meeting last month and will be held in Canterbury in late 2009.

In May, Deputy mayor Karl Saleh called for a report to examine the feasibility of establishing an e-waste drop-off service, where residents can safely dispose of old electronic equipment, so they don’t end up in landfill.

Leaching of toxins from e-waste have the potential to contaminate soil and ground water if they end up in landfill.

An e-waste drop-off centre will be similar to the household chemical clean up service.

“With this proposal, residents will soon be able to safely dispose of old television sets, computers, video recorders, stereos and other electronic goods safely,” Cr Saleh said.

The phasing out of analogue TVs by 2010 is expected to boost the numbers of unwanted electrical appliances being disposed of over the next 12 months.

The e-waste collection service will be held at the end of National Recycling Week, on Saturday, November 14, in Canterbury Council car park.