Residents line up to unload their unwanted electronic equipment during the first e-waste recycling weekend at Coffs Harbour.
Residents line up to unload their unwanted electronic equipment during the first e-waste recycling weekend at Coffs Harbour. Contributed

Lots of electronic waste recycled

COFFS Coast residents have recycled about 30 tonnes of electronic equipment during the first Coffs Coast e-waste collection.

Co-ordinator Ali Biggs from the Midwaste Regional Waste Forum said an estimated 165 tonnes of unwanted electronic items had been collected at five sites across the Mid North Coast during the two-day effort.

“We were hoping for 200 tonnes but Apple seems quite happy with the result,” Ms Biggs said.

“It was the first regional event.”

The e-waste collection was funded by international electronics giant Apple, which employed contractor Info Activ to carry out the collection.

Workers at the Coffs Harbour collection site at BCU International Stadium said they were very busy all day Saturday, with the pace more relaxed on Sunday.

They directed vehicles into orderly lines, unloaded and carried equipment from cars, vans and trucks, removed leads, sorted the equipment into different types and packed shipping containers for trucking.

Ms Biggs said all the reports she had received had indicated that the staff at the sites did a great job and most people had waited less than 10 minutes to drop off their goods, even during busy periods.

She said the collected computing, home entertainment and office equipment would now be trucked to Sydney and Melbourne to be taken apart into components and the materials including metals, plastics and glass would be separated for recycling.

“I’m extremely happy with it (the recycling weekend),” Ms Biggs said.

“All that (equipment) has been kept out of landfill and has allowed people to clear up their homes and as a result it has also generated discussion among some councils, but not all, about having a permanent collection (for e-waste).”



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