Time is right to use the new e-waste drop zones
WITH landfill space a premium within the Southern Downs area councillor Neil Meiklejohn said the new e-waste drop zones could not have been introduced at a better time.
The new drop zones are a joint effort between the Southern Downs Regional Council and DHL Supply Chain and provide residents with somewhere to discard their unwanted or broken televisions and computers, without taking up valuable space in landfill.
"Last year I had to throw away an old television," Cr Meiklejohn said.
"It would have taken up a quarter of a cubic metre in the landfill.
"If a thousand of them were discarded last year, which was quite possible, it would have taken up a lot of landfill space."
Southern Downs council manager or environmental services Tim O'Brien said that electrical waste was the fastest growing type of waste in Australia.
But keeping it out of the landfill sites is not the only benefit the recycling scheme provides.
"We are happy to be working with DHL Supply Chain on this exciting project, and we urge residents to recycle their unwanted e-waste by using their closest drop zone," he said.
"DHL Supply Chain will take the e-waste directly to the Endeavour Foundation for dismantling and recycling.
"This increases council's involvement with the Endeavour Foundation and supports their workers as well as keeping more items out of the landfill, increases the life expectancy of the landfill and saves ratepayers' money for many years to come.
"This program will provide the community with greater choice for recycling and will help to protect and conserve our natural resources and the environment."
Mr O'Brien said the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme involved a combination of government regulation and industry action to reduce the amount of television and computer waste going to landfill and to increase the recovery of resources.
The scheme aims to boost the recycling rate of these products from 17% in 2010 to 80% by 2021-22.
"The scheme will ensure over 90% of the materials used to make these products are recovered and recycled.
Items that can be taken to e-waste drop zones
Parts for computer
Computer accessories such as mice, keyboards, scanners and web cameras