New use for old e-waste at Ashby event

Waste operations supervisor Dan Vicencio. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d438702
Waste operations supervisor Dan Vicencio. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d438702

OLD TVs, computers, printers, cables and cameras are among the items approved for drop-off at a free e-waste recycling event this month.

The City of Wanneroo will hold a two-day collection at its Ashby operations centre on June 13 and 14 for residents to dispose of old and unwanted electronic items.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said it was an opportunity for people to dispose of old technology safely.

“Like any decomposable matter, it is important to dispose of electronics correctly to protect and conserve our environment,” she said.

“Recycling of computers is particularly important as older style monitors may contain hazardous materials that need to be disposed of responsibly. The materials and chemical components used to make computer equipment, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic, can leach into the soil and groundwater, causing harm to our environment.”

The e-waste recycling days will be held from 9am to 4pm on both days at 1204 Wanneroo Road, Ashby.

Items that will not be accepted include whitegoods and kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, microwaves, non-computer batteries, fluorescent lighting tubes or hazardous waste including cracked overhead projectors.

Mindarie Regional Council also accepts e-waste for no charge at its recycling centre in Tamala Park.

ITEMS FOR RECYCLING

Computer monitors, notebooks, printers, VCR players, projectors, overhead projectors, cables, keyboards, mice, floppy disks, printer cartridges, fax machines, scanners, desktop printers, CD drives, TVs, networking equipment, DVD players, stereos, cameras, video cameras, iPods and electronic games or toys.