How to recycle e-Waste

Electronic waste, referred to as 'e-Waste' is any broken, obsolete or unused electronic equipment including personal computers (PCs), printers, keyboards, televisions and associated cabling.

Our desire to have the newest, fastest, most up-to-date electronics has led to e-waste becoming the world’s fastest growing volume of waste. Alarmingly, the ‘old’ items we throw out may contain several hazardous substances such as arsenic and cadmium that can adversely impact on our health and the environment. Up to 75% of the toxic chemicals found in landfills (tips) can be linked to electronic waste.

This equipment also contains significant quantities of valuable materials that can be recovered or recycled for reuse. Glass, plastics, aluminium, gold, silver and other metals found in casings and screws can be recycled or re-manufactured in to a multitude of products. When disposed of correctly, the majority of these valuable materials and toxic substances can be recovered and reprocessed for reuse, and the remaining 1% will be disposed of safely and responsibly.

 

How can I reduce, reuse or recycle my e-Waste?

Consider the possibility of upgrading or repairing your existing equipment and if you really do need to replace your equipment, ask if family, friends, or local charities can use it if still in working order. 
When it truly is at the end of its life, take it to your local e-Waste recycling facility.

 

Where can I take my e-Waste?

The Waste Management Centre will take your ‘old’, irreparable electronic equipment and arrange for its valuable materials to be recovered and the harmful substances safely disposed of.

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