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E-waste collection Lane Cove Sat. March 16

The Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group participated in this event by “rescuing” abandoned E-waste items along the roadside and collecting E-waste front residents who were unable to visit the drop-off centre themselves. We offered residents of Lane Cove unable to take their E-waste to the collection point at St Ignatius College, Riverview, help in disposing of their E-waste. Lane Cove residents without transport or unable to lift their E-waste into their vehicle could contact LCSAG and members of collected the items and took them to the collection point. Residents were required to ring & make a pick-up booking prior to the collection date (15 March) and the offer was for bona fide residents unable to take their E-waste to the collection point. Total for the day was:

31 televisions (some very big ones in there!)
3 monitors
2 computers (one Daewoo dating back to 1994!)
2 fax machines
8 printers
4 video/DVD players
4 small appliances
4 fluoro tubes
12 miscellaneous items
2 car batteries
2 musical instruments (keyboard and drum kit)
Approx. 480 assorted cassettes, video tapes, DVDs & countless small items like cables, remote controls, batteries, floppy discs & etc…

Did you know?
  • 75% of the 3 million computers bought in Australia every year will end up in landfill In 2007/8, 16.8 million computers reached their end of life. Of this, only 9% will be recycled.
  • By 2010, there will be 716 million new computers in use worldwide.
  • Electronic waste is responsible for 70% of the toxic chemical such as lead, cadmium and mercury found in landfill.
  • E-waste is being sent to landfill at three times the rate of general waste 17 million TV’s were either in landfill or sent to landfill in 2008.

Source: http://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/clean-up-australia---e-waste-factsheet-final.pdf

The drop off centre scene was a reality check on how much E-waste we produce. More than 6 large containers were required and, filled to the brim. Being able to dispose of the increasing amounts of E-waste in a responsible manner requires a permanent, easily accessible, location within the Lane Cove Area. LCSAG will continue to lobby our Council for such a space.

More information on what happens to our E-waste can be found: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/toxics/hi-tech-highly-toxic/e-waste-goes/

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