As we buy new technology, we also throw away our old stuff. Electronic or electrical products that we don’t want any more is called e-waste. E-waste includes things like computers, televisions and mobile phones.
A lot of e-waste contains dangerous substances such as lead and mercury – even mobile phones contain arsenic and lead! These can hurt plants and animals and even humans if they leak out of e-waste dumped in creeks or bushes or sent to the tip.
But the good news is that many parts of electrical products can be recycled and used again. This stops dangerous waste from going to landfill.
E-waste that you can recycle includes:
Computers and keyboards
Printers, fax machines and scanners
So do the planet and yourself a favour … recycle it baby!
You can recycle your mobile phones at either Australia Post in Rosny or at the Clarence City Council.
The National Recycling Scheme provides a free recycling service for television and computer equipment. Simply call Office Works on 6230 9400 or Harvey Norman on 6230 1100 to arrange the drop off of your e-waste. For more information click on the links below …