Decluttering electronic waste the e-asy way

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Sydneysiders have recycled more than 419 tonnes of e-waste though the City of Sydney’s free quarterly drop-off events – the equivalent weight of two jumbo jets.

The next free collection on Saturday 12 March is a great opportunity for residents to responsibly dispose of items such as TVs, mobile phones and computers.

Locals can recycle all kinds of e-waste products at the City’s Bay Street Depot, Ultimo from 9am–3pm, and the service is free for residents.

“The City’s free quarterly e-waste collections make it easy for residents to get rid of unwanted electronic items,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“We’ve collected an impressive 419 tonnes of e-waste has been collected since the program began in 2008 – the weight of two Boeing 747s.

“Australians generate more than 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste each year and most of this ends up in landfill.

“Last year, over 2,500 residents dropped off over 73 tonnes of e-waste for recycling at these handy, free events. That keeps an impressive amount of e-waste out of landfill and helps prevent deadly chemicals leaching into our waterways.”

Items that can be dropped off include home office equipment such as photocopiers, fax machines and almost anything with a power cord can be recycled, even vacuum cleaners.

Things that cannot be accepted include whitegoods, car batteries and hazardous waste including chemicals, paints and pesticides.

More info: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/zerowaste and environment.gov.au/settlements/waste/ewaste  

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Claire Thompson, phone 02 9265 9582 or email cthompson1@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au 

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson on 0499 319 385 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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