Week 27 – Ewaste

This one took place the other way round – first I did the action then decided to do some learning around it.

Action

I saw an old television in a skip and rescued it. I took it to the Waikato Environment Centre, which has an ewaste collection point and paid $15 so that it will be recycled properly.

What I learned

There are other (free) ewaste collection points, but many of these do no dispose of the parts (or all of the parts) properly. Ewaste collected by the Environment Centre is taken to Tokoroa town, where it is properly dismantled by employees of the South Waikato Achievement Centre – an organisation that supports and employs people with intellectual and other disabilities. When disposing of electrical appliances, it is important to make sure they are recycled properly, as otherwise they can leak dangerous chemical in to the land and water.

www.swac.co.nz

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