E-waste is a common term for electronic waste – computers, keyboards, mobile phones, televisions etc. It is estimated that more than 20 million of these items are sitting in homes and offices around Australia, completely unused, waiting to be thrown out. However, these items aren’t like your average household or office waste.
E-waste can be harmful to the environment if disposed of via the normal means and therefore needs to be removed responsibly. Here’s a look at e-waste recycling and collection in Sydney. If you’re in need of a rubbish removal service to take care of any waste in your home or office, give us a call today!
Electronic waste – or e-waste – isn’t your average rubbish. It can be harmful to the environment and needs to be disposed of responsibly. Let’s take a look at e-waste recycling and collection.
What Is E-waste?
E-waste encompasses most electronics, such as:
• Desktop computers, laptops and monitors
• Printers and printer cartridges
• Fax machines
• Mobile phones
• DVD players
Why Is E-waste Harmful?
Electronic waste (also known as E-waste) is one of the most volatile materials commonly found in landfill. Some of the most common types of chemicals found in electronic devices includes lead, mercury, cadium, hexavaliant chromium, arsenic and different fire retardants.
When these items end up in landfill, these toxic substances are released and eventually end up in bodies of water, groundwater, soil, and air and can have absolutely devastating consequences for the local and global environment.
Some Facts About E-waste
• In general, e-waste is produced at a much higher rate than standard household waste – up to three times more – mainly through commercial means.
• It is estimated that roughly 18 million printer cartridges are thrown out by Australians each year – many of which end up in landfill.
• Mobile phones contain valuable materials that can be recycled to make an array of objects such as jewellery, tools and equipment (from stainless steel) and plastic products.
• More than 90% of products in mobile phone can actually be recycled.
• The process of making just one laser printer charged uses roughly 3.5 mitres of oil.
• Making just one average desktop computer uses the same amount of chemicals, water and fossil fuels as it does to build a mid-sized car.
• Computers contain many valuable metals such as gold, copper, iron and nickel.
• On average, computer monitors can contain around 2kg of lead.
* Statistics sourced from SITA.
E-waste Collection: How To Dispose of E-waste
Around the world there are recycling schemes in place to help curb the impact that e-waste can have on the environment. Many electronic products contain precious and valuable metals that can be recycled. Components are stripped, broken down into commodities and reused. For example, circuit boards contain such precious metals as gold, silver, platinum, etc. and such base metals as copper, iron, aluminium. All of these can be melted down and reused.
There are dedicated recycling facilities around Sydney, however, as we’ve noted before, getting a helping hand from a rubbish removal service is far easier than doing it yourself. Here at Sydney Rubbish Services, we are always thinking with the environment in mind. We have access to all e-waste recycling facilities in Sydney and work with them regularly disposing of e-waste from our loyal customers.
So, if you have any old e-waste that needs to be collected from your home or office, please contact us today or book a free quote online. We are more than capable of getting the job done right and, of course, in an eco-friendly manner.