Did you know what 20% of Australians admit to being electronic device hoarders? This is a problem because the average household has around 15 electronic devices at home. Our partners at TechCollect recently conducted an e-waste survey that revealed interesting insight about how Australians are not recycling their e-waste enough.
Many Australians do not know how or where to recycle e-waste
60% of Australians do not know that electronic devices can be recycled and are generally unaware that e-waste can be dropped off at TechCollect locations all over Australia.
- Personal and laptop computers and all cables
- Tablets, notebooks and palmtops
- Computer monitors and parts (e.g. internal hard drives and CD drives)
- Computer peripherals and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs and modems)
- Printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices
- All televisions
Australians are worried about losing their personal data, and cost
Data breaches can easily be prevented with secure e-waste destruction and disposal service for businesses. For consumers, it’s easy to delete your data securely and send e-waste for recycling – free!
There are two easy options for removing data:
1. Check with the manufacturer
2. Search online for data wiping services or software
What you should know about proper e-waste disposal
If you missed our e-waste recycling quiz, here’s everything you need to know about e-waste recycling in Australia today.
1. E-waste cannot be disposed of in the kerbside bin
Ensure that your e-waste is disposed of at a reliable, ethical recycling plant. When handled correctly, at least 90% to 95% of e-waste components can be recycled, greatly reducing the environmental impact of landfill dumping, sourcing new materials, pollution and contamination.
For customers with small amounts of e-waste, free drop off sites by TechCollect are located around the country.
Businesses are encouraged to talk to their waste management service provider about a secure product destruction service for contaminated, out-of-date, obsolete, recalled, illegal, and sensitive materials or products, including e-waste.
2. The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was set up to make it easier to dispose of e-waste
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was established in 2011 to provide Australian households and small businesses with access to free industry-funded collection and recycling services for televisions and computers, including printers, computer parts and peripherals. The Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 provide the legislation for the scheme.
More than 1,800 collection services have been made available to the public and 230,000 tonnes of TV and computer e-waste have been collected and recycled to date. This has diverted hazardous materials away from landfill and enabled the reuse of valuable resources contained in e-waste, with more than 90 per cent of materials recovered each year.
(Source: Australian Department of the Environment and Energy)
3. Victoria is banning e-waste to landfill in 2019
Approximately 109,000 tonnes of e-waste were generated in Victoria in 2015, with this number projected to increase to 256,000 tonnes by 2035. From 1 July 2019, Victoria will no longer allow e-waste in general waste. Instead, it must be recycled at special drop off points throughout the state. As a result, more than 130 e‑waste collection sites will be upgraded across Victoria to facilitate the e-waste ban.
4. E-waste contains valuable materials that can be extracted and made into new products.
Around 10% of the world’s gold and 30% of silver goes into making electronics, but only 15% to 20% of the 50 million tonnes of e-waste created every year are recycled. Besides plastic and glass, electronic devices contain base and special metals such as cobalt, tin and antimony as well as precious metals like silver, gold, and platinum, all of which can be fully recovered.
Your e-waste recycling checklist
TechCollect recommends these easy steps to declutter your home or office from unwanted electronics.
Step 1 Look around the house/office for old electronics
Step 2 Wipe the data off your devices
Step 3 Find out what TechCollect takes at www.techcollect.com.au
Step 4 Locate your nearest drop off site here
Step 5 Drop off your e-waste for free
It’s that simple!
Get handy e-waste facts and learn more about the problem of e-waste in this article.
Want to know how we responsibly recover resources from your e-waste? Follow this link to find out.
Don’t forget to drop off your unwanted electronics for free at your nearest TechCollect site or book an e-waste recycling service with us.