Take Your E-waste to a Better Place

There’s a better place for e-waste than your rubbish bin. It’s much better going to a place where we can recover the precious materials to be reused and capture the nasty bits before they can do harm.

WHAT IS E-WASTE?

If it’s got a plug, battery or cord and is unwanted, it’s e-waste. It could be any of a whole range of items from work, home or even the garden shed. From old phones, computers and household appliances to power tools and toys.

E-waste is full of valuable resources we can reuse, as well as some nasty materials that are bad for the environment. Rather than putting it in the bin and sending it to landfill, we should take it to a better place where we can remove the bad and save the good.

Electronic waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste. The good news is that e-waste is more than 95 per cent recyclable. For example, old mobile phones can be recycled to make stainless steel goods, new batteries and even plastic fence posts.

Interesting Facts

  • It takes around 100,000 phones to recover 1 kilogram of gold
  • 99% of your mobile phone can be recycled and re-used
  • 208,256 trees planted is equivalent to carbon emission savings of recycling 26,032 tonnes of e-waste.
  • 1 in 5 Australians admit to hoarding their old electronic devices

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