Lismore residents can dump their e-waste for free later this month.
Lismore residents can dump their e-waste for free later this month.

Free e-waste disposal in Lismore

ANYONE with an old TV or unwanted computer to throw away should hang on to it until January 21 when disposing of these items at Lismore's tip is free.

The move to enable e-waste to be recycled free is part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, which recognises that the quantity of e-waste is increasing three times faster than other types of waste and most of us don't know what to do with it.

From January 21, e-waste dropped off at the Wyrallah Road Waste Facility will be recycled by TechCollect into components which can have another useful life instead of going to landfill.

TechCollect is run by a not-for-profit organisation (ANZRP) which is 100% member funded and will deliver the program across Australia.

"This is great news for all Lismore residents and it will save Council a significant amount of money in terms of collecting, sorting and recycling these products ourselves," waste operations coordinator Kevin Trustum said.

"By recycling e-waste materials such as glass, plastics and metals are recovered and reprocessed for use in the manufacture of other products. Effective recycling of e-waste results in the safe management of potentially hazardous substances without harm to human health and ecosystems."

Mr Trustum said the TechCollect station will be clearly marked and people can drop off items quickly and easily without leaving their car. The TechCollect station will operate during normal tip hours commencing at 9am on Monday, January 21.

Items collected free of charge by TechCollect are:

  • personal computers
  • laptops, notebooks
  • palmtops and tablets
  • Computer monitors
  • Parts for personal computers (eg: internal hard drives, motherboards, cards, internal power supplies, CPUs, DVD and CD drives)
  • Computer peripherals, (eg: mice, keyboards, joysticks, game-pads, scanners, web cameras)
  • Printers (eg: ink-jet, dot matrix, laser and multi-functional devices)

Items not covered by TechCollect are:

  • Mobile phones
  • Game consoles (eg Microsoft Xbox or Sony Playstation)
  • Video recorders
  • DVD players
  • Radios/stereos
  • Power tools
  • Appliances/microwaves

For more information on what you can and cannot drop off visit www.techcollect.com.au.



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