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Do you have an old TV or computer you want to dispose of? Not sure how to get rid of old electronic items?
Mayor Andrew Willcox said Whitsunday Regional Council is proud to support National Recycling Week this year by announcing a new e-waste trial through the Kelsey Creek and Bowen Landfills and the Cannonvale Transfer Station.
“Thanks to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, residents are now able to place their electronic waste items in e-waste containers free of charge,” Mayor Willcox said.
“Council’s Mackay-based e-waste partner, E-Waste Recycling Australia will collect the contents and take it to the recycling facility in Mackay,” he said.
“Majority of the items are recycled into new products instead of them ending up as waste in our landfills.
“Last year, Council managed to divert 8,000 tonnes of waste from landfill which is approximately 16% of all the waste which Council manages. We have plans to make further improvements, with the e-waste scheme to help considerably.”
Residents who have an old TV or computer to recycle need to inform the operator at the gatehouse or weighbridge at Council’s waste site and he or she will advise which container to place the items in.
The containers will accept TVs (both flat screen and older CRT types), radios, computers, laptops, keyboards, printers (no paper!), mouses, tablets and similar handheld devices, but not electrical items like toasters, kettles or white goods – Council already recycles these as scrap metal.
For more information on the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, see https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/national-waste-policy/television-and-computer-recycling-scheme