Free e-waste set to collect trash by the tonne29 May 2012
Do you have pieces of electronic waste collecting dust at home? Have you upgraded your phone, and you’re not sure what to do with the old one?
This Sunday, 3 June, City of Sydney residents will be able to recycle their old electronic equipment, including TVs, computers and phones by dropping them off to our Bay Street Depot in Ultimo.
The free recycling service will help us prevent piles of electronic equipment ending up in landfill and stop hazardous chemicals such as mercury, lead and cadmium from polluting our environment.
E-waste is an increasing serious. According to the Federal Government, across Australia e-waste is growing three times faster than any other type of waste and could grow to nearly 700 million items in the next decade.
Since collections began in 2008, 176 tonnes of potentially toxic e-waste has been diverted from landfill, with 95 to 99 per cent of the raw materials recovered and recycled.
At the March collection alone, over 20 tonnes of computer screens, key boards, laptops, mobile phones, TVs, cables, DVD players, scanner and projectors were collected.
If you have whitegoods such as fridges or washing machines which no longer work, you can arrange them to be picked up and recycled for free by calling City of Sydney 02 9265 9333.