Residents of the Northern Beaches from Bradleys Head to Barrenjoey came out in droves earlier this month to drop off their electronic waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way.Approximately 4,000 vehicles pulled into Kimbriki Recycling + Waste Disposal Centre on Saturday March 13 and Sunday March 14 delivering some 165 tonnes of E-waste.
While at Mosman more than 1,300 cars turned up with approximately 55 tonnes of E-waste.
“That’s approximately 220 tonnes of electronic waste – what a fantastic effort and result for the environment,” said SHOROC President Mayor Anne Connon.
The four SHOROC councils (Warringah, Manly, Mosman and Pittwater) introduced a ban on the kerbside collection of E-waste from January 1, 2010 due to concerns about its effect on the environment when placed in landfill. The ban also includes no longer sending E-waste to landfill.
Mayor Connon said this was the first opportunity the community had to recycle their E-waste since the ban came into effect.
“Residents and businesses across all four council areas embraced the opportunity to recycle their electronic waste in a responsible way,” Mayor Connon said.
“We know that E-waste contains a range of hazardous materials and can have a damaging effect on the environment if it is not handled correctly and that’s why we introduced the ban.
“Now this harmful waste is being disposed of in the correct way with the valuable non-renewable resources such as nickel, copper and zinc being recovered during the recycling process.”
A range of electronic waste was dropped off including:
- Desktop computers and printers
- Mobile phones
- Tvs, DVDs and CD players