Everyday Computer and TV Recycling for Hawera
Friday, February 17, 2012
Egmont Refuse and Recycling’s Raymond Buckland has recently signed an agreement with RCN e-Cycle to open an e-Cycle site for everyday recycling of computers and TVs in Hawera.
The site is scheduled to open later this month for receiving e-waste. It is the seventh new site to open since the RCN e-Cycle project received $1 million of new Government funding in August, bringing the total number of sites nationwide to 25.
The new facility, at 19 Scott Street will collect and disassemble a range of domestic electrical appliances (“e-waste”) so components and materials can be reused and recycled.
RCN e-Cycle project manager Jon Thornhill says he is delighted to have Hawera on board. “ The project is very pleased to have Egmont Refuse and Recycling sign up, as they provide a very good solution for the Southern Taranaki region. We are fortunate to be partnering with a local business with over 18 years experience, servicing the community in Hawera. We are also thankful to the South Taranaki District Council for their assistance in helping us forge this relationship. We look forward to working with Raymond and his team.
Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing and most toxic waste streams. Colour CRTs contain between 1.6 to 3.2kg of lead on average (Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation, 1996). A TV set glass contains about 2 kg lead (European Commission, 2000) and computers also contain toxic materials so burying them in the landfill is not a solution.
“By recycling electronic waste, we can reclaim valuable resources and keep toxic materials out of our land and water. It’s a win-win for the environment,” says Thornhill.
“There will be a strong focus on the recycling of TV materials as New Zealand begins the switch to digital television broadcasting later this year. The digital switchover, rapid changes in technology and competitive pricing all contribute to a flood of TVs being discarded. It’s really important to get our nationwide recycling scheme in place for electronic waste now.”
RCN Group and Community Recycling Network (CRN) have received funding from the Ministry for the Environment to form the RCN e-Cycle scheme, and are recognised as industry leaders in the disposal of electronic items.
The new national network of RCN e-Cycle sites replaces the eDay programme, which was never a long-term solution. “eDay did a great job of alerting people to the growing problem of electronic waste and how toxic it is,” says Mr. Thornhill. “But it’s not convenient for people to keep stockpiling electronic waste in their homes and garages all year. “
For more information, please contact:
Tania Pilkinton, RCN e-Cycle Media and Communications Advisor
(03) 443 8606, 021 214 9088
Jon Thornhill, RCN e-Cycle Project Manager
(09) 413 8533, 021 1222 435