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Council has formed a partnership with TechCollect to accept e-waste (as defined below) at the Wirrabara Transfer Station, the Port Germein Transfer Station and the Willowie Regional Landfill. The collection of e-waste at these 3 sites is free and ongoing.
E-waste is defined as:
The following products will not be accepted under the scheme. They can be disposed of under the Hard Waste Collection.
Hazardous waste, including CRT TVs that have been broken or damaged or removed from the case of the TV will not be accepted.
Why recycle e-waste?
Televisions and computers contain hazardous material, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, which need to be managed in a safe manner. Recyclable materials that can be recovered from televisions and computers including glass and plastics, iron, steel, aluminium and copper, and precious metals such as gold, platinum and silver. Sending these products to landfill means the resources they contain are lost. Television and computer waste has increased, due to the high rate of these products going to landfill poses a number of problems for Australia, including loss of non-renewable resources and risks to human health and the environment because of the hazardous substances that these products contain.
Where can I recycle?
Willowie Regional Land Fill (Willowie-Booleroo Road)
Port Germein Transfer Station (Baroota Terrace, Port Germein)
Wirrabara Transfer Station (Wilds Road, Wirrabara)
Will have to pay anything to bring my e-waste in and can everyone access the service?
There is no cost to consumers. Consumers can drop off their unwanted end of life televisions and/or computers at a designated location free of charge. The service is offered to households and small business only. It is not designed to receive commercial quantities of electronic waste.
What happens to data on my hard drive?
Data typically stored on hard drives, disks, tapes and memory is physically destroyed in the recycling process. At an automated facility it is shredded with other metals in a special machine. Where the recycling process is more manual, the hard drive is removed from the unit and physically damaged. It is then heated and shredded into small pieces. However data destruction remains the responsibility of the customer and Council does not accept any liability in case of data access through e-waste recycling.
Can customers remove televisions and computer waste from the Council collection sites?
Television and computer waste cannot be removed from the bins under any circumstances. Council gives an undertaking to recycle all product collected. Site workers and/or the general public/customers are not allowed to remove any products delivered by the public for the purpose of recycling.
How are some of the recycled materials used?
Recycled plastics are used in the manufacturing of products including outdoor furniture, plastic pot plants, vehicle dashboards, traffic management features, landscaping products etc.
Metals are reprocessed in the same base metals for use in the manufacture of new products