Switched on: Mayor launches electronic disposal

Courtesy of Canterbury-Bankstown Express - 14/7/2009

Switched on: Mayor launches electronic disposal

express_14072009_salehRAPID advances in technology mean that many people update their electronic equipment regularly.

To ensure that no more electrical items will join the toxic swamp at the local tip, Canterbury Deputy Mayor Karl Saleh has initiated a local e-waste drop-off service.

“I believe that there is a strong need to protect our environment, particularly in current times,” Cr Saleh said.

“We have a collection for chemical waste, why not electronic items as well?

“Many people are looking to replace their old analog TVs with new plasmas and there are no services to address this

Cr Saleh realised the need for an e-waste disposal service when residents expresses their problems with trying to dispose of unwanted goods.

“I have received so many calls from my neighbours and residents asking how they can get rid of computers and televisions,” he said.

“It’s unhealthy for the environment to just throw them in with the normal garbage and residents know that.”

Research shoes that household electronic equipment contains significant amounts of toxic substances such as mercury and lead.

When not properly discarded, they can leach into landfill sites and pose serious environmental hazards.

“To reduce the burden on the environment, the council recommends looking at other options before throwing equipment away such as passing it on to friends or family, or hosting a garage sale,” Cr Saleh said.

“There are also a range of re-use and local charity organisations that accept second-hand goods and used televisions which are working and meet certain criteria.”

Residents will soon be able to safely dispose of old television sets, computers, video recorders, stereos and other electronic goods.

A venue has yet to be announced