e-Waste increase

Central Coast Council in New South Wales recently engaged a new e-waste contractor reduce the amount of electronics headed to landfill.

Council Mayor Jane Smith said the Council’s partnership with contractor Toxfree was an excellent initiative and more e-Waste items could now be accepted for recycling.

“e-Waste can pose major problems when not disposed of correctly, with toxic chemicals such as mercury and lead causing possible pollution and contamination,” Mayor Smith said.

“Through this new engagement, residents can now drop off up to 15 household e-Waste items at either of our Waste Management Facilities at Jilliby or Woy Woy.

“Previously we were required to pay for e-Waste items to be recycled, but now Council is being paid with funds able to be redirected towards community assets and services.

“With Toxfree more of the items parts are also being recycled including circuit boards, plastic and metals, reducing the impact on our landfills.

“It has never been easier for our community to ensure e-Waste is disposed of responsibly.”

Toxfree utilise the BluBox process – a Swiss designed processing technology packed in a 40ft container – to break down modern e-Waste items such as flat panel displays, smart phones, laptops and most e-Waste items found in households.

The process uses an innovative system to break down and separate parts including the extraction of mercury from LCD backlighting tubes.

“This new system has come on at the perfect time following Christmas,” Mayor Smith added.

“I would like to remind residents if they did receive any new electronics for Christmas to dispose of unused electronic items responsibly by taking advantage of this free service.”