Electronics and Lighting Recycling in Sydney

Electronic waste (also known as E-waste) is one of the most volatile materials that are commonly found in landfill. E-waste contains many harmful chemicals that are both hazardous to dispose of if not done so by professional waste removal service, and extremely harmful to the environment if left to rot in landfill. Some of the most common types of chemicals found in electronic devices includes lead, mercury, hexavaliant chromium and different fire retardants, each with their own array of negative impacts on the earth. The same goes for fluorescent tubes, and lamp globes, which contain high levels of harmful mercury.

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Electronic waste and fluorescent tubes and lamp globes are quite dangerous and need to be disposed of carefully. Recycling is a great option. Here are some facts about E-waste and globe recycling.

The 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.

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The Facts About Fluorescent Tubes and Lamp Globes 

• Australians dispose of roughly 50 t0 60 million fluorescent tubes and lamps every year.

• Mercury can contaminate our food-chain – specifically fish.

• By choosing energy-efficient lighting you can save massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions. It is estimated that between 2008-2020, Australians will save roughly 28 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions if everyone chooses to use energy efficient lightbulbs.

• Roughly 95% of HID (High Intensity Discharge) lamps will end up in landfill each year. These contain harmful mercury.

• Each of these can contain up to 15 milligrams each.

• Much of the material makeup of lamps can be recycled, including the mercury, glass, aluminium and phosphor powder.

* Statistics sourced from SITA.

As can be seen above, e-waste and fluorescent lamps, tubes and globes and batteries can be extremely dangerous when they are no longer of use. In landfill then can wreak havoc on the environment, but on the plus side, contain may valuable materials which can be recycled and reused. It is illegal to dump these materials for obvious reasons. So if you have any old waste that needs to be remove from your office or home, the most responsible thing to do it to have a rubbish removal service pick up your waste for you. You can contact us today or book a free quote online. We are more than capable of getting the job done right and in an eco-friendly manner.