E-xciting news about e-waste
INDIGO Shire’s Rutherglen and Beechworth waste transfer stations will soon be able to take more e-waste.
Council recently secured grants through Sustainability Victoria of $88,000 for Rutherglen transfer station and $96,000 for the Beechworth transfer station to increase their capacity to accept, expand and properly store all e-waste for recycling.
Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor said e-waste is the fastest growing category of waste worldwide.
“It refers to unwanted and discarded electronic products with batteries, a cord or plug,” Mayor O’Connor said.
“It’s estimated that one in five Australians have a stash of unwanted electrical goods (e-waste) in their home or office and that the amount of e-waste generated in Australia will increase by more than 60 percent by 2024, for computers and televisions alone.”
E-waste also contains dangerous chemicals, and if placed in land-fill, these can leach into ground-water and soil, or be released into the air, creating long-term contamination and health concerns.
Council accepts e-waste at Beechworth and Rutherglen Transfer Stations for free.