- Friday 31 May 2013
The analog signal may be dead and buried on the Sunshine Coast but old TV sets don’t need to be.
Residents can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by recycling their televisions and computer equipment for free at local tips during June.
Sunshine Coast Council’s Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said electronic waste was the fastest growing type of waste in Australia but materials in these items could be re-used.
“With the recent switch from analog signal to digital, residents may have old TVs that they can no longer use,” Cr Wellington said.
“But these don’t need to end up in landfill – they can actually be recycled free of charge at council’s tips and resource recovery centres.
“More than 93% of material in televisions and computers is suitable for re-use.
“Council is working with Drop Zone to provide a number of free e-waste recycling events for the community over the coming weeks. These will start at Noosa landfill plus Pomona and Cooroy transfer stations on Saturday 1 June.”
Cr Wellington said 119 tonnes of electronic waste – the equivalent of about 10 semi-trailer loads – was recycled during similar free e-waste events on the Coast in February and March.
“Diverting 119 tonnes of e-waste from landfill was a fantastic result,” he said.
“We’re expecting this amount to double following the June e-waste recycling events.”
The e-waste recycling initiative is part of the Australian Government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, which aims to boost the recycling rate of electronic waste.
Visit council’s website for June e-waste recycling dates and locations.