Canberrans dump tonnes of e-waste

Canberrans are recycling about 10 tonnes of computers and televisions each day as part of a free e-waste dumping scheme.

PHOTO: About 10 tonnes of televisions and computers are being handed in each day. (ABC News: Kathleen Dyett)

Between May and the end of November last year, more than 1,900 tonnes of e-waste was dropped off at the Mitchell and Mugga Lane recycling stations.

That is almost double the number of television and computers recycled in the entire 2010-2011 financial year.

ACT Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury says the free national dumping scheme is proving successful.

“It will provide a long-term solution to e-waste. This is important as these products make up an increasing part of the overall waste stream, contain valuable materials that can be re-used and contain hazardous materials which need to be managed in a safe manner,” he said.

The ACT Government expects to have more sites operating by the middle of the year.

“Having multiple providers in the marketplace will lead to more options for the community on how they dispose of their unwanted televisions and computers,” Mr Rattenbury said.

The scheme does not accommodate other electronic waste such as mobile phones and DVD players. Mobile phones are already covered by the voluntary scheme MobileMuster.

Source: ABC News



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