eWaste fills a con­tainer

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A ship­ping con­tainer worth of old com­put­ers, key­boards, mon­i­tors and cell­phones has been re­moved from the South Waikato.

The items were dropped off at Ti­rau, Pu­taruru and Toko­roa for free col­lec­tion as part of eDay the na­tion­wide mass­ing of used com­puter parts, cam­eras and cell­phones. The items are re­cy­cled, pre­vent­ing them from end­ing up in a land­fill.

This year an es­ti­mated 77,000 items were left at sites around New Zealand.

The items were col­lected through- out last week then a con­tainer of the un­wanted elec­tron­ics went to Hamil­ton on Satur­day.

Na­tional eDay or­gan­iser Lau­rence Zwimpfer said the re­sponse na­tion­wide was ex­tra­or­di­nary.

‘‘The amount col­lected filled more than 110 ship­ping con­tain­ers which is a phe­nom­e­nal re­sult.

‘‘It demon­strates that there are a lot of old com­put­ers out there, stored in cupboards and garages, and New Zealan­ders want a so­lu­tion to dis­pos­ing of this gear in an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way,’’ Mr Zwimpfer said.

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