What is E Waste?

E Waste- What is it and how do we reduce it?

What is e waste?

It’s a good question and very easy to explain; think of electrical items such as TV’s, computers, mobile phones and laptops, generally things that come out of our office, not the kitchen or the bathroom.

With Business Clean Up Day coming up on the 28th February in Australia, we thought it was a great time to tell you about e waste and how we can rethink, recycle and reduce items like this being dumped on the side of the road.

Did you know

In 2007-08 3.17 million new televisions and computer products were sold in Australia, and 16.8 million units reached the end of their life that year?

Did you know that 84% were disposed of to landfill?

Did you know in Australia we have 8 000 000 000 mobile phones cluttering out cupboards!

We can not change what happened in the past but we can rethink our future

Rethink

Before updating your appliances, ask yourself

  • Do I need it?
  • What makes this better than what I have?
  • Does it have all the features I am looking for?
  • Where can I recycle the old one?
  • Can I pass it onto someone?

It is good to know there is a places that recycle and repair appliances, here are just a few.

Australia

Tech Collect

Mobile Muster

SCR Group

New Zealand

Ewaste Collection Day

Mobile Muster One stop Repairs

Singapore

E Waste Recycling Singapore

United Kingdom

Recycling Guide UK

Within the recycling process valuable resources are recovered and reused in items such as outdoor furniture, park benches, wheelie bins and building products.

What’s so bad about dumping E Waste in Landfill?

TV’s and computers contain many hazardous substances, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, chlorine, bromine and phosphors, which leaches and contaminates our soil and water table.

Once we contaminate our water table we start another viscous cycle, contaminating food crops and our soils.

Next time you update any electrical appliances, rethink; do you need it and how do you responsibly dispose of them.

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