Record drop-off keeps tonnes of e-waste from landfill

Record drop-off keeps tonnes of e-waste from landfill

Sydneysiders made a record 609 drop-offs of televisions, computers and other unwanted electronics at the City of Sydney’s latest free e-waste collection, diverting around 19 tonnes of e-waste from landfill.

Last Sunday’s collection takes the total of this potentially toxic waste diverted from landfill to 254 tonnes since the drop-off program began in 2008, with 95 to 99 per cent of those materials recycled.

The previous record for drop-offs was set last September when there were 581 drop-offs of e-waste for recycling, weighing almost 20 tonnes.

“The rising numbers of people who come to our e-waste collection days shows just how much Sydneysiders care about the environment,” City of Sydney Resource Recovery Manager Leisha Deguara said.

“Computer screens and TVs contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, which can leach into waterways if they are dumped in landfill, so it’s important not to throw them away with the regular rubbish or just leave them on the street.

“When people bring these household items to us we make sure they are disposed of safely and in most cases the materials can be recycled.”

According to the Federal Government, electronic waste is growing three times faster than any other type of waste and could treble in the next decade to nearly 700 million items.

In 2008, 17 million televisions, computers and computer products were discarded across Australia, but only 10 per cent were recycled.

The City’s next free e-waste drop off day is on Sunday, 2 June. Click here for more details.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Rohan Sullivan, phone 02 9246 7298 or 0414 617 086, or email rsullivan@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

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