Drop off your electronic waste for FREE in May

Council is pleased to announce that an e-waste recycling event will be held on Saturday, 7 and Sunday 8 May 2016 at Hawkesbury Showground, Clarendon from 9am to 4pm each day.

The e-waste recycling event will target every day household items such as televisions, computers, DVD players, projectors, cables and many other items that people struggle to dispose of in an environmentally responsible matter.

Around 16.8 million televisions, computers and related accessories are disposed of each year in Australia, of this staggering amount only 20 to 30% of these products are recycled. Last year at the e-waste recycling event in March, almost 25 tonnes of e-waste was collected for recycling.

This event will be run as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, which aims to lift television and computer recycling from its current low rate to 80% by 2021.

Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford is pleased Council is able to offer this event. “This is an important move towards achieving a sustainable future as there are many materials that can be recovered from these products. Recycling e-waste can also prevent hazardous materials from damaging the environment.”

“There has never been a better time to safely dispose of your unwanted TVs, computers and IT accessories.

This free collection event will ensure a responsible recycling approach and keep valuable materials out of landfill, as well as chemicals used in the products, such as lead, cadmium and arsenic,” he added.

Some important points:

– It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure all data is erased from their devices before being handed over for recycling
– For further information about the e-waste recycling event visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au, or call 1800 334 776

Items that will be accepted for recycling:

Computers, Monitors, Notebooks, Printers, Fax machines, Scanners, CD drives, Hard drives, TVs, VCR players, DVD players, Projectors, Networking equipment, Cables, Keyboards, Mice, Floppy discs, Printer cartridges, Electronic games/toys, Stereos, Cameras, Video cameras, IPods, MP3 players.

Items that will not be accepted for recycling:

Microwaves, Whitegoods, Small appliances, Vacuum cleaners, Power tools, Non-computer batteries. These items can be taken to Hawkesbury City Council Waste Management Facility, at The Driftway, South Windsor. A charge will apply, except for the disposal of household and car batteries.

E-waste will be accepted from all those who attend, you do not need to be a local resident of the Hawkesbury to drop off your e-waste at the event.