Recycle Service

Courtesy of The Torch - 11/11/2009

Recycle Service

torch_11112009_ewasteCanterbury’s first electronic waste (e-waste) collection and recycling service will be held this Saturday.

Cr Karl Saleh (pictured with mayor Robert Furolo) called for a report earlier this year to examine the feasibility of establishing an e-waste drop off service, where residents can dispose of old electronic equipment.

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

Various types of electronic waste contain valuable resources that are reusable, and often less energy is needed to recover these resources than to produce new materials.

Cr Furolo said an estimated 500,000 computers were recycled in Australia in 2006 – compared with 1.6 million which were thrown away.

“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,” he said.

“It’s estimated that 2.4 million new computers are purchased in Australia every year, replacing older models, many of which are thrown away and end up in landfill.”

Electronics that will be collected as part of the e-waste recycling campaign included televisions, printers, scanners, modems, DVD players, CD players, VCR’s and gaming machines.

It will be held on Saturday, November 14, 9am-3.30pm at the northern end of Shakespeare Street car park in Campsie.

For more information call 9789 9485.