Yesterday and today, in 13 centres around New Zealand we have a chance to hand in our electronic waste for disposal, courtesy of eDay 2007.
Auckland has its day today, but the other 12 centres collected 21,000 items yesterday — about 234 tonnes.
Here’s what happens next, according to the eDay website. Equipment is sorted and sent on to recycling plants within New Zealand or overseas. On average, 97% of the materials collected on eDay will be diverted from landfills.
Any working monitors will be refurbished in Australia, then shipped to South Korea for reuse.
All computer peripherals, including printers, scanners, keyboards, mice and cables, are sent for recycling in Singapore.
All mobile phones will be shipped to Singapore. If your mobile phone is still in working order it will be reused, while non-working mobiles will be disassembled and recycled.
If you missed this year’s eDay then remember it will be happening again next year. When stuff breaks between now and then, don’t put it in the bin; put it in a box for next year’s collection.