E-waste collection a success

IMG 7236Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Helene Cameron with some of the e-waste items dropped off for recycling by Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale residents.Residents across Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff came out in droves recently to drop off their electronic waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

An estimated 8,520kgs of electronic and electrical items were collected during Council's free e-waste drop off held on 24 May.

A total of 196 cars were recorded passing through the temporary drop-off facility at Ocean View Car Park in Queenscliff with 46 per cent of people using the service for the first time.

Cr Helene Cameron Mayor of the Borough of Queenscliffe said she was really pleased with the public support for the event to help keep e-waste out of landfill.

"E-waste is produced at up to three times that of normal household waste production so it is wonderful to see so many local residents taking advantage of this free collection service," said Cr Cameron.

An estimated 7,000kgs of televisions and computer equipment was received and will be recycled by Sims E-Recycling in Melbourne with a 95% recovery rate.

Smaller e-waste items such as kitchen appliances, mobile phones, radios and power tools accounted for 1,520kgs and will be recycled through Geelong Disabled People's industries (GDP).

Staff from GDP will demanufacture the e-waste into components including plastics, glass, metals, wiring and circuit boards which are then sent to various recovery facilities for reuse or to be made into new products.

The reuse of these materials reduces the use of the natural resources. Recycling metals, glass and plastics in electronic goods reduces the amount of water and energy used in the manufacturing process.

"Council provides a number of recycling programs in order to reduce the amount of recyclables going into landfill," said Cr Cameron.

"This is just one more thing that the Borough of Queenscliffe residents are doing to sustain and safeguard our uniquely beautiful environment," she said.

The Recycling and Waste pages on Council's website have all the details and tips on how you can recycle within your home. Visit www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au