E-waste which includes old computers, office equipment and televisions is one of the world’s fastest growing and most toxic waste streams, and the Ministry for the Environment estimates that 80,000 tonnes of e-waste enters New Zealand’s landfills each year.
“In working in the recycling industry e-waste has been the most frustrating material to deal with, and it feels criminal to put it into landfill. Not only do we pass on a toxic legacy to those who will live in this land after us by throwing some 8,000 tonnes of lead plus other water-mobile heavy-metals such as cadmium and lithium into New Zealand landfills each year, but we lose rare and important materials from the cycles of manufacturing. Each item that ends up in landfill means someone’s backyard has to be turned into a mine,” said site manager Simon Thomson.
The establishment of the network is funded by the Waste Minimization Fund, and its goal is to provide an every-day permanent solution for both the public and the businesses of New Zealand to ethically deal with their e-waste instead of the old annual ‘eDay’ events which catered only to the public and schools. The Hamilton facility is operated by award winning Raglan-based recycling organisation Xtreme Waste with support from Hamilton City Council.
The facility is user-pays and the network is building both New Zealand based employment and the infrastructure to manage much of our e-waste processing on-shore, rather than exporting the harm to other countries. This infrastructure is building towards Product Stewardship legislation that will drive towards the Cradle-to-Cradle concepts of modern industrial ecology and design.
“Businesses can have confidence that not only is their equipment being handled with the safest and most responsible methods we have found, but that we have the capacity to securely erase data, and that appropriate equipment will be refurbished to supply low-income groups with access to computing,” said Thomson.
“Thank your TV and computer for the countless hours of entertainment and work they have done for you by giving them a healthy end to their lives, and let them e-Cycle into being a part of the next generation of electronic appliances you use…” says Thomson.
| Item: || Charge: |
|TV ||$20.00 |
|CRT Monitor ||$14.00 |
|Printer/Fax ||$11.50 |
|Stereo ||$6.00 |
|LCD Screen ||$5.00 |
|Desktop ||$2.00 |
- Celebration Event on Saturday the 31st March from 10am -