Published 01 August 2018

Tea Tree Gully Council residents have saved more than 76 tonnes of electronic waste from going to landfill in the last 12 months through Council’s free recycling programs.

Thanks to our love affair with gadgets like smartphones, computers and flat screen TVs, e-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste, which shows no signs of slowing down.

An estimated 120,000 tonnes of televisions and computers reach end-of-life annually in Australia. And only 37% of these are recycled under the National Television and Computer Stewardship Scheme.

Like other recyclables, e-waste contains valuable resources like gold and copper that can be reused. In fact, a lot of materials that were once regarded as unrecoverable waste can now be turned into valuable resources.

And according to the War on Waste, a tonne of mobile phones actually contains more than eight times (174 kilograms of copper) the amount of copper than a tonne of copper ore (maximum of 20 kilograms).

Council’s e-waste collection partner TechCollect can recover more than 90% of the electronic items recycled through our regular Enviro Care Sunday events.

The recovered resources are then used as raw materials in the manufacture of new products like asphalt, building products, batteries and metal alloy.

Many of us also have mobile phones, batteries or printer cartridges lying around. In fact, Australians are hoarding more than 25 million old phones. These items can also be deposited into the recycling station at Council’s Civic Centre - 571 Montague Road, Modbury.

Join the pledge to #storenomore and recycle your end-of-life or unwanted electronic devices using our free e-waste recycling programs