E-waste freebie a big success

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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Free e-waste initiative a success

Clutha District Council’s first “e-waste freebie” initiative was a big success.

Earlier this month, Council set aside $2,000 of the Waste Minimisation budget so a limited number of TVs and computers could be collected for recycling at Mt Cooee. Customers could drop them off for no-charge.

Waste Minimisation Officer Laura Gourley said she thought it would take at least a week for the fund to be finished, but the response was so exceptional that it only lasted three days.

“In fact more than 100 items had been collected the day after it started, and we ended up with more than double the initial number of expected items to be recycled.

Unfortunately we couldn’t keep extending the fund indefinitely, so after three days we had to end the initiative.”

Despite the early finish, we collected 230 items which will be transported to Cargill Enterprises in Dunedin for recycling. The final cost of $4,500 was funded from this year’s Waste Minimisation budget.

Miss Gourley wanted to thank all the people who made the effort to recycle their e-waste during this initiative.

“Due to its popularity, we will be looking at what other initiatives we could hold in the future and potentially in other communities outside Balclutha.”

The usual cost to recycle a TV larger than 29 inches is $50, a TV or computer screen smaller than 29 inches is $23 and other items vary from free to $20 each.

Miss Gourley said the charges may seem high but New Zealand doesn’t have safe recycling facilities to handle computer monitors and TVs so these are sent off-shore. The charges help pay for the ethical recycling of your e-waste.

As part of our Waste Management and Minimisation plan we have lobbied the government to develop a product stewardship scheme for e-waste. This would stop items ending up in the landfill and would see the recycling cost built into the purchase price of products.

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