Coun­cil re­sponds to e-waste ban

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil res­i­dents will be able to dis­pose of elec­tronic waste, e-waste, in spe­cial sheds at Stawell and St Ar­naud trans­fer sta­tions.

The State Gov­ern­ment is in­tro­duc­ing a ban on e-waste, or any de­vice that has a plug, bat­tery or power cord, from go­ing into land­fill from July 1.

Fig­ures show e-waste is grow­ing three times faster than the rate of stan­dard mu­nic­i­pal waste and con­tains many haz­ardous as well as valu­able ma­te­ri­als that are in­ap­pro­pri­ate for land­fill.

Ma­te­ri­als from these de­vices such as plas­tic, batteries, pre­cious met­als and glass can be turned into re­us­able prod­ucts such as toys, key­boards, new batteries, new tele­vi­sion screens, jew­ellery and more.

Sus­tain­abil­ity Vic­to­ria is pro­vid­ing the new sheds at the trans­fer sta­tions.

The coun­cil will work closely with Grampians Cen­tral West Waste and Re­source Re­cov­ery Group to roll out education pro­grams.

North­ern Grampians mayor Kevin Er­win said ini­tially, when the ban gets un­der­way, coun­cil will al­low res­i­dents to dis­pose of their e-waste free of charge at trans­fer sta­tions.

“We en­cour­age our com­mu­nity to take ad­van­tage of this,” he said.

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