E-waste in the spotlight
The rapid advancement of technology and constant upgrading of products has meant electronic waste or e-waste is a growing problem worldwide and Australia is one of the key offenders.
While this may be the case, in 2016/17, residents in the Cessnock LGA recycled 90 tonnes of electronic waste and Cessnock City Council is encouraging residents to keep up the great work.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it is good to see locals doing the right thing by keeping old electronics out of red bins.
"90 tonnes of recycled e-waste in 2016/17 is a credit to all residents and shows their commitment to our environment. I encourage everyone to keep it up so we can improve on this figure in 2017/18.”
Electronic waste often contains toxic materials such as lead, mercury and arsenic, which can cause serious harm to both our environment and health if not disposed of correctly.
To make recycling electronics easier, Cessnock City Council offers residents an e-waste drop off at the Waste Management Centre on Old Maitland Road.
To ensure your trip to the tip is not wasted, it is important to know what is accepted and what is not when it comes to electronics.
Accepted products include whole/undamaged televisions, computers and associated products, CD and DVD players, stereo systems, kitchen appliances, power tools, microwaves, ceiling fans, mobile phones and accessories, hand-held electronics and all light fixtures.
For more information, visit http://hrr.com.au/about-recycling/ewaste-recycling or call 1800 838 884.