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35 tonnes of e-waste roll up for the first day of recycling. Just wait for the weekend!

By johnboy - 15 May 2012 8

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Chief Minister Gallagher has tweeted about the tsunami of tvs and computers coming in to the recycling scheme opened this very day.

Just wait for the weekend!

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35 tonnes of e-waste roll up for the first day of recycling. Just wait for the weekend!
dungfungus 12:46 pm 16 May 12

The boss of ACT waste said on ABC 666 this morning that 70% of the e-waste from Canberra will be processed in Australia. What happens to the other 30%, especially the toxic stuff like lead?
All of a sudden there seems to be a rush to secure e-waste. Perhaps this is so the rare earth minerals in it can be recovered as an alternate source to getting them from China who have stitched up the global sources and supply of the minerals for China alone.
There is big money in e-waste; ABS plastic is worth $700 per tonne granulated and cleaned,
solder is worth around $5000 per tonne, circuit boards are 30% by weight copper – some even more.
Then there are the rare earths in mobile phones and LCD screens
They aren’t doing it for the copper and steel alone and it comes at no cost to them!

Gershwin 12:05 pm 16 May 12

goggles13 said :

just curious – where is the drop off point for the TVs etc at the Mugga Tip? Do I still need to go over the weighbridge?

It’s before the weighbridge, in the same bay as the cardboard recycling drop-off. Big sign with an arrow labelled “e-waste”; you can’t miss it.

goggles13 10:31 am 16 May 12

just curious – where is the drop off point for the TVs etc at the Mugga Tip? Do I still need to go over the weighbridge?

DrKoresh 6:43 pm 15 May 12

Yes… exactly kind of monitor than has been made obsolete in the last 10 years, so… what’s improbable about that? 😐

hoody 6:25 pm 15 May 12

I’ve got 2 old 3 Ru servers with disks and assorted monitors from 15 to 21 inch. I reckon I’ve got 150kgs in my trailer. I’ll probably wait for a few days for the fuss to settle down though.

p1 6:17 pm 15 May 12

AG Canberra said :

35 tonnes?? Maybe 3.5 tonnes…

Or were Dick Smith and HN just holding onto all their old stuff and dumped this morning?

Well, 1400 items making 35 tonnes would be a 25kg average… which seems a little heavy unless a very high percentage of those items were 80cm CRT TVs (our 80cm CRT TV weighs way more than that). Even a 17″ CRT monitor only comes in at 15-20 kg, and I imagine a fair few of he items were much liter.

On the other hand, 3.5 tonnes would only be a 2.5kg average which is obviously not right. My guess is they filled containers with a max capacity of 35 tonnes (full volume wise, not full total weigh carrying ability wise.

Grail 6:11 pm 15 May 12

35,000kg, 1400 items? 25kg each item, which would suggest an awful lot of large CRT monitors.

AG Canberra 5:58 pm 15 May 12

35 tonnes?? Maybe 3.5 tonnes…

Or were Dick Smith and HN just holding onto all their old stuff and dumped this morning?

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