Time to re­cy­cle e-waste

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Oc­to­ber is e-waste month and the South Waikato Achieve­ment Cen­tre and Gis­borne Dis­trict Coun­cil have joined forces to re­cy­cle.

E-waste col­lected in the Gis­borne dis­trict dur­ing the month will be taken to the South Waikato Achieve­ment Cen­tre in Toko­roa for reusing or re­cy­cling.

Gis­borne Dis­trict Coun­cil waste min­imi­sa­tion of­fi­cer Anne Lis­ter said the South Waikato Achieve­ment Cen­tre em­ploys over 120 dis­abled and dis­ad­van­taged in the South Waikato com­mu­nity.

‘‘Eigh­teen of these peo­ple work with the e-waste en­ter­prise,’’ she said.

The Toko­roa e-waste re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity is cur­rently pro­cess­ing over 50 tonne per month from the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Ro­torua and Ruapehu re­gion. It is achiev­ing a 95 per cent re­cy­cled or re-use rate.

‘‘If a ma­chine is be­ing re­cy­cled, the drive is re­moved and shred­ded,’’ Lis­ter said.

‘‘For equip­ment that still works or can be re-used, they elec­tron­i­cally erase ev­ery­thing from the drive and then reload Win­dows for on sale.’’

The likes of com­put­ers and ac­ces­sories, home print­ers and scan­ners, tele­vi­sions, and mo­bile phones are all pro­cessed at the cen­tre.

The South Waikato Achieve­ment Cen­tre works in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with sim­i­lar op­er­a­tions in In­ver­cargill and Auck­land.


Com­puter waste.

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