Clean up with next eWaste event

Media Release: 24 January 2014

Council’s next eWaste event will give residents a chance to de-clutter and put unwanted electronic items to good use on Saturday 1 February.

The event will be held at Council’s depot in Purton Road, Pakenham, from 9am to 2pm.

All unwanted battery operated items or those with a power cord, except for whitegoods, can be recycled as eWaste. Recycling eWaste keeps useful metals out of landfill and puts them to good use again.

Whitegoods cannot be accepted as eWaste, but should instead be left out at Council’s next hard waste collection in your area.

Council is proud to partner with Outlook Environmental to deliver its eWaste program.

Outlook is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation which creates employment, training and social integration opportunities for people with physical, mental and social disadvantages. Outlook Environmental have been operating in the recycling industry for over 15 years.

Outlook dismantles electronic items collected at Council’s eWaste events at its Hampton Park facility.

This is mostly done by hand. Parts are then separated into the different waste streams like plastics, metals and circuit boards.

Council’s Waste Management Services Coordinator Misty Johannsen said the eWaste events were a great opportunity for residents to help the environment while getting rid of some unwanted electronics.

“eWaste is about 95 per cent recyclable and can contain valuable materials including gold and platinum, which can be recovered during the recycling process,” Ms Johannsen said.

“The average computer monitor, for example, has 95 per cent glass and 2 per cent metal, making it almost completely recyclable.

“Rather than throwing out items like TVs, computers or radios, residents can use these events to dispose of the goods responsibly.

These materials are wasted if they are sent to landfill, but eWaste recycling means they can be recycled safely and used in other ways.

Council has recently expanded the eWaste program to reduce the amount that gets put out with Hard Rubbish collections.” Ms Johannsen added.

With the changeover to digital TV in December, now is a great time to recycle old analogue TVs that are no longer used.

For more information about this event or other eWaste events, call Council’s Customer Service team on 1300 787 624.

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