Residents can do their bit for World Environment Day by surrendering old and obsolete televisions, tablets, mobiles and computers at the City of Sydney’s free electronic waste collection today.
All kinds of e-waste can be dropped off at the City’s Bay Street Depot, corner Bay and Macarthur Streets, Ultimo, on Sunday 3 June from 9am to 3pm.
Last year residents turned in a record 2,218 items of e-waste weighing 78 tonnes – a 20 per cent increase on 2011, and more than double the amount collected in 2009, the first full year of the scheme.
Between 95 to 99 per cent of the materials are recovered and recycled.
“The best thing about the recycling program is that it prevents hazardous chemicals like mercury, lead and cadmium ending up in landfill and polluting our waterways,” said Leisha Deguara, Resource Recovery Manager.
“This is a very tangible, practical step residents can make to do their bit for World Environment Day on Wednesday 5 June and help reduce Australia’s fastest growing form of waste”.
Australians generate more than 140,000 tonnes of e-waste each year – a figure set to hit 700 million tonnes in the next ten years – and most of it ends up in landfill.
E-waste is responsible for 70 per cent of the toxic chemicals found in landfill.
The national scheme to recycle televisions and computers, involving government and industry, aims to increase recycling rates from 17 per cent to 80 per cent by 2021-22.
For more information, contact City of Sydney Media Adviser Jo Wathen, on 0438 669 650, or email firstname.lastname@example.org