North Burnett takes up e-waste trial

Aug 28, 2018 | Front Page Feature, News

North Burnett residents have taken up the challenge of recycling e-waste with 2.25 tonnes collected since drop off points were introduced at landfill facilities one month ago.

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Cr Rachel Chambers said that community participation to divert this waste from landfill is encouraging.

E-waste includes redundant computers, IT hardware, telecommunication, audio, visual, entertainment, electronic, printing, digital, all electrical equipment and appliances.  If it has a power source and can fit into a 3m3 bin, it can be recycled as e-waste.  Recycled components can be broken down and used as parts or raw products to create other electronic equipment.

Cr Chambers said, “This trial is an important phase in determining how much e-waste is generated within our community as the data can be used to promote new industries in the region that would require a minimum quantity of e-waste product. With the trial only running for one month, these figures are encouraging.”

Residents are advised that any products which contain batteries (alkaline, lithium etc) such as laptops, phones etc must have the batteries removed before placing into the e-waste bins.  Batteries can be disposed of at any of Council’s Customer Service Centres via the ‘mobile muster’ collection box.

For further information on the e-waste trial, please contact Council’s Environmental Services team on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC) or email Council admin@northburnett.qld.gov.au

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