Group pow­ers up for e-waste day

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Old com­puter equip­ment will be carted off by the truck­load this week­end if Lynn Green and Kim Ma­ree get their way.

The pair are part of the Grey Lynn 2030 group, which is or­gan­is­ing an e-waste action day on Satur­day.

Peo­ple can take their old com­put­ers to the Wool­worths Grey Lynn carpark where they will be col­lected for free, taken to a com­puter re­cy­cling cen­tre and dis­as­sem­bled, with the parts ei­ther reused or re­cy­cled.

Ms Green, of West­mere, says the group has or­gan­ised the e-waste day to give peo­ple an al­ter­na­tive to putting out their old com­put­ers in the up­com­ing in­or­ganic col­lec­tion.

“We want to keep the ewaste off the street to stop it get­ting dam­aged and the haz­ardous chem­i­cals go­ing into the stormwa­ter,” she says.

Ms Ma­ree says the group came up with the idea for the event af­ter one of its mem­bers saw a doc­u­men­tary that showed how e-waste from west­ern coun­tries ended up in the Third World.

The Free­mans Bay res­i­dent says it hasn’t been an easy project to or­gan­ise.

“It’s been a big learn­ing curve for us.”

The group es­ti­mates be­tween one and 10 per­cent of house­holds in Grey Lynn and sur­round­ing ar­eas will want to get rid of their e-waste on the day, which could cre­ate sev­eral tonnes of equip­ment to haul away.

Com­put­er­r­ey­cling. co. nz owner Graeme Tor­ck­ler, who will be dis­pos­ing of the col­lected com­put­ers, says the Grey Lynn 2030 group is do­ing a great thing for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“I wish there were more groups do­ing it. It’s fan­tas­tic how much you can keep out of the land­fill.”

He says it’s bet­ter to sell com­puter parts on to firms that use them straight away, rather than re­cy­cling them.

“By re­duc­ing the foot­print of what has to be re­turned to its base form, the bet­ter for every­one.”

Grey Lynn 2030 is in­volved in a num­ber of other projects to help achieve its goal to de­velop a sus­tain­able lo­cal com­mu­nity by 2030.

They in­clude sup­port­ing the Grey Lynn farm­ers mar­ket, a gar­den­ing group, re­duc­ing plas­tic bags used in the area and food waste re­cy­cling.

Com­puter equip­ment can be dropped off at the Wool­worths carpark on Rich­mond Rd be­tween 9am and 3pm and vol­un­teers will re­move the items from peo­ple’s cars.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.grey­lynn2030.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Waste not, want not: Grey Lynn 2030 mem­bers Kim Ma­ree and Lynn Green are or­gan­is­ing an e-waste action day that will see old com­puter equip­ment col­lected for re­cy­cling rather than be­ing dumped in land­fills.

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