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10 tonnes of e-waste each month being recycled in Byron Shire

Don’t put old phones, radios or printers into your general waste bin.  They can be recycled for FREE at the Myocum Resource Recovery Centre.

Byron Shire Council’s environmental programs officer, Lloyd Isaacson, said general waste gets buried but e-waste is a resource that can be recycled.

Electronic waste, or E-waste, is a term for electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have reached the end of their useful life. It includes computers and laptops, TVs, monitors, mobile phones, PDAs, VCRs, CD players, fax machines, printers, gaming consoles, etc.

“Byron Shire recycles about 10 tonnes of e-waste each month and in the past, the only solution for these products was to put them into landfill,” Mr Isaacson said.

“However with the rising costs of waste management, increasing responsibility is being focused upon manufacturing companies to plan for the end-of-life re-use and management of electronic products.

“New recycling services have evolved that have become cost effective for Council and it’s a FREE service for residents.

“Plus recycling e-waste not only reduces the volume of recyclable material sent to landfill, it also removes the potential for hazardous material to end up in the landfill which requires resource intensive environmental engineering and management techniques to contain and treat,” he said.

And think before your upgrade. 

Council’s sustainability officer, Kim Mallee, also urged residents to stop and think before replacing working electronics.

“Too often we want the latest gadget or appliance, when the ‘old one’ works just fine.  It may not work as fast, or look as good, but it still does the job. The less we consume, the fewer impacts on our environment,” she said.

Byron Shire Council is working with a local recycling company to prevent valuable e-waste resources going to landfill.

The service is offered FREE to councils under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. The main objectives of the scheme are:

  • reducing the products impact on the environment during its lifecycle;
  • reducing  the impact of substances within products on the environment
  • reducing the impact on the health and safety of humans.

Over the past four years, Matthews Metal Management has been providing pickup and transport services for the recycling of e-waste to many local councils.

Gordon Matthews, general manager of Matthews Metal Management, stated that he cannot believe how well the scheme has been supported, particularly in regional areas.

All e-waste items can be deposited FREE of charge at the Myocum Resource Recovery Facility (former Myocum Landfill) on Manse Road.

For opening hours visit Councils website http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/ or call Council 02 6626 7000

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.