Shane Rattenbury is putting a brave face on a mountain of outdated tech and tvs thrown out last year:
Over 1,500 tonnes of e-waste was recycled in 2013, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury announced today.
“From 1 January to 31 December 2013, the Canberra community handed over 1,539 tonnes of televisions and computers for recycling to the Mitchell and Mugga Lane Transfer Stations,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The ACT was the first jurisdiction to implement the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme on 15 May 2012 and it is pleasing to see the community continues to embrace the opportunity to appropriately dispose of unwanted e-waste for free.
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“The national scheme is designed to boost recycling rates for televisions and computers and provide a long-term solution to e-waste. This is important as these products make up an increasing part of the overall waste stream, contain valuable materials that can be re-used and contain hazardous materials which need to be managed in a safe manner.
“Since the scheme was introduced, a total of 3,674 tonnes have been recovered, equating to roughly six tonnes of e-waste per day. There has also been a significant drop in illegal dumping of televisions and computers since the scheme commenced.”