E-xcit­ing news about e-waste

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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