Ararat e-waste ban re­minder

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Ararat mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers have joined a lo­cal gov­ern­ment cho­rus in re­mind­ing res­i­dents that a state ban on dump­ing elec­tronic waste into land­fill will come into ef­fect from July 1.

Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil has stressed that e-waste, which in­cludes any item that has an elec­tri­cal cord, plug or uses batteries to op­er­ate, was grow­ing three times faster than the rate of stan­dard mu­nic­i­pal waste, and con­tained many potentiall­y haz­ardous and valu­able ma­te­ri­als that were inap­pro­pri­ate for land­fill.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Harrison said the State Gov­ern­ment was in­tro­duc­ing the ban to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and re­cover more pre­cious re­sources.

“House­holds these days ac­cu­mu­late a large num­ber of bro­ken, re­placed and un­wanted elec­tronic items, from tele­vi­sions, mo­bile phones and com­put­ers to chil­dren’s toys and white goods,” he said.

“The ban means that e-waste can no longer be dis­posed of in any bin, so we are en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to use the e-waste re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties at Ararat Trans­fer Sta­tion.”

Dr Harrison said con­struc­tion of an e-waste stor­age shed at Ararat Trans­fer Sta­tion had been com­pleted to ac­com­mo­date an ex­pected in­crease in e-waste re­cy­cling.

“There is a cost as­so­ci­ated with drop­ping off e-waste to the re­cy­cling sta­tions. This will be, once the coun­cil 2019-2020 bud­get has been ap­proved, $10 per small item and $25 for large items. This cost is to help cover the costs of re­pro­cess­ing these items.”

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