Residents opt to recycle in Rockingham

Not for landfill: The Good Guys proprietor Gino Cafine and warehouse supervisor Tory Davidson. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d446311
Not for landfill: The Good Guys proprietor Gino Cafine and warehouse supervisor Tory Davidson. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d446311

ROCKINGHAM residents relish recycling their rubbish.

This was evident with the six cubic metres of electronic waste dropped off at the Good Guys Rockingham in the past two months.

To reduce landfill, a collection point was set up from the beginning of October, inviting locals to dispose of their unwanted televisions, microwaves and small electrical appliances free of charge.

Proprietor Gino Cafini said the response from the community had been overwhelming.

“In just two months we’ve seen around six cubic metres of electronic waste per week being sent off for recycling and to be safely disposed of,” he said.

“This has kept old TVs, microwaves and the like out of landfill and off the verge.”

Since 2009, The Good Guys Rockingham has made it their mission to find new and innovative ways to reduce the amount of waste that leaves the store and heads straight to landfill.

“We’ve invested in a compacter to compact and reduce the physical volume of EPS, a white solid foam which many appliances are packed in to reduce damage in transit,” he said.

“On top of that, whenever we deliver a fridge or washing machine, we also offer customers the choice of removing their old appliance along with the packaging.

“Once returned to the store the old appliances are stripped for scrap metal.”

Mr Cafini estimates that this year, more than 1200 cubic metres of polystyrene, cardboard, plastic and metal will have been re-directed away from landfill and into responsible recycling options.