Community recycles 119 tonnes of electrical waste in one month
  • Friday 29 March 2013

About 10 semi-trailer loads of unwanted electrical waste have been diverted from landfill after a series of successful free e-waste recycling events on the Coast.

Sunshine Coast Council partnered with DHL Supply Chain to offer residents free recycling for televisions and computers at nine local tips during February and March.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said the community recycled 119 tonnes of electrical waste during the four week e-waste program.

“119 tonnes is about 10 semi-trailer loads of electrical waste – this has been an impressive recycling effort by the community,” he said.

“TVs ranged from old wooden units that had been in the family for several generations, to enormous rear projection models needing several people to move them.

“All items collected are taken to the Certified Destruction and Recycling Services facility in Brisbane. The units are pulled apart and the various components of glass, plastic, wire and metal are sent for recycling.

“In fact over 93% of the materials are recovered for further use.”

Cr Wellington added that council is now planning another series of free e-waste recycling days to coincide with the switchover of analogue to digital TVs on 28 May.

“Under the Australian Government’s ‘Be Digital Ready’ program the analogue TV signal will be shutting down on the Coast in two months. Inevitably we’re expecting another rush of unwanted TVs,” he said.

“To cater for this surge, more free e-waste events will be held in June. The timetable for this service will be released shortly.”